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10 lessons from the COVID-19 frontline for a more gender-equal world

• Women and girls must be front and centre of coronavirus response and recovery.

• Sex-disaggregated data is needed to understand the impact on men and women.

• Economic opportunities, education and domestic gender norms should all be areas of future focus.

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Evidence shows that disease outbreak affects women and men differently, that pandemics exacerbate inequalities for girls and women, who are also often the hardest hit, and that women play an outsize role responding to crises, including as frontline healthcare and social workers, caregivers at home, and as mobilizers in their communities.

That’s why the world must put a gender lens on the response to COVID-19, to ensure the unique needs of girls and women are addressed, and their unique expertise is leveraged. This includes positioning girls, women and young people – in all their diversity and in all settings – front and centre in the emergency responses, in social and economic recovery efforts, and in how we strengthen our health systems for the long term. And we must safeguard the progress we’ve made towards gender equality, including hard-won gains for maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Women Deliver, the global advocate for women’s rights, recommends the following actions be included as […]

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