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The Pandemic’s Toll on Women COVID-19 Is Gender-Blind, But Not Gender-Neutral

A health worker demonstration in Paris, France, June 2020
Martin Barzilai / HAYTHAM-REA / Re dux
It began as a mysterious disease, a novel coronavirus soon designated SARS-CoV-2. As countries shut down their economies to slow its spread, it became a global recession as well. Then, in April, the United Nations warned of another dimension to the emergency—a “shadow pandemic” of violence against women raging behind closed doors.

 

Gender Dimensions of the COVID-19-Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting societies around the world in an unprecedented manner. However, not everyone, in every place, will be affected in the same way. Considering how the pandemic affects particular groups will help raise the effectiveness of containment efforts and minimize the potential negative impacts. This note focuses on one such group: Women and girls.