IASC briefing on "The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls"
PRESENTATION SLIDES: Presentation slides: IASC Briefing on the Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, women and women’s civil society have been critical frontline responders and leaders in humanitarian response efforts. Yet, the public health emergency has had a disproportionate impact on women and girls. COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities and resulted in alarming health and economic impacts for women and increased risk of gender-based violence. This webinar explored those impacts and strengthened understanding of gender issues in humanitarian action through real stories on the ground, shared by expert panelists, and an interactive discussion with participants. The webinar also explored the global, regional and field efforts to address these gender concerns, including tools such as the IASC Interim Guidance: Gender Alert for COVID-19 Outbreak, a product developed by the IASC Reference Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action.
Panelists included the two co-Chairs of the IASC Reference Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action and two field colleagues who spoke to the gender issues in Lebanon and Bangladesh and how gender work there is being prioritized, streamlined and implemented in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.
- Ms. Mervat Shelbaya, Head, Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) secretariat
- Ms. Razia Sultana, Rohingya human rights lawyer and Executive Director of the Rohingya Women Welfare Society (RWWS), a UNWomen partner in Cox’s Bazar
- Ms. Joane Cremesty, Gender Advisor at Oxfam, Lebanon
- Ms. April Pham, Senior Gender Advisor and Head of Gender Unit for UN OCHA & co-Chair of the IASC Reference Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action
- Ms. Julie Lafrenière, Gender Team Leader for the Global Humanitarian Team at Oxfam & co-Chair of the IASC Reference Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action
- Meeting link: https://ocha.webex.com/ocha/j.php?MTID=m0af4e4da3f649ff858c7c14d042bb316
- Meeting number: 161 630 0055
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- IASC Reference Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action
- IASC Interim Guidance: Gender Alert for COVID-19 Outbreak
- UN Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Women
- IASC Policy (and Accountability Framework) on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action, 2017
- The IASC Gender Accountability Framework Report, 2018
- IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action, 2017
- Rise for All (A global advocacy effort convened by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, to support the UN roadmap for social and economic recovery from COVID-19, and to fully fund the UN Response and Recovery Trust Fund.)
- Put women and girls at centre of COVID-19 recovery: UN Secretary-General