Gender : SRHR in COVID times

This page compiles resources on the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of people through the lens of gender. It also includes resources on the ‘shadow pandemic’ of gender-based violence that has increased since lockdowns were imposed across the world to contain the spread of the disease. The resources are primarily for a general audience, although some are created for service providers working on gender issues, and policymakers to account for the gender-specific effects of the pandemic.
Content Description Type Audience Created / developed by
Feminist Resources on the Pandemic

This page lists resources on various topics to ensure that the response to COVID-19 is feminist, and to "ensure that governments’ responses to this pandemic don’t trigger a roll back on human rights".

Resources General Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy
Call For a Feminist COVID-19 Policy

A statement demanding that States adopt a feminist policy to respond to COVID-19 "in a manner that is consistent with human rights standards and principles".

Statement General Feminist Alliance for Rights
Borders of an Epidemic- COVID-19 and Migrant Workers

This online publication highlights the implications of the epidemic in India, particularly for its migrant workers. "This book is written as the crisis unfolds with no end in sight."

Resources Policymakers Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group
COVID-19 and Gender Equality

This list of resources focuses on the risks and vulnerabilities posed by COVID-19 on girls and women.

Policy Brief General UN Women and Empower Women
Violence Against Women and Girls- the Shadow Pandemic

A statement by the executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, that addresses the growing shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls.

Statement Policymakers UN Women
GNWS Webinars GNWS has been hosting webinars to "to hear from the VAW/GBV field, with panelists from across the globe, as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on essential services and survivors." Webinar Service Providers Global Network of Women's Shelters
Men, masculinities and COVID-19: Actions, resources, and connecting online

An "online space for those working to transform masculinities and engage men and boys for gender justice during these [COVID-91 pandemic] times."

Resources General MenEngage Alliance
Digital Activism for Engaging Men during Covid-19

A page with that compiles campaigns and actions from around the world "to promote healthy, equitable, and caring ways of being men throughout COVID-19."

Resources General MenEngage Alliance
An open letter to friends and partners

Pointers that are "important for us to continue working towards a feminist internet as a part of our collective and hopeful futures."

Statement General APC Women’s Rights Programme (WRP)
COVID-19, Gender-based Violence and Mascullinities

A webinar that "explored the links between masculinities and various forms of gender-based violence that have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, including domestic violence against women and girls, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and other forms of marginalization."

Webinar General MenEngage Alliance
Women Peacebuilders Responding to COVID-19

A collection of weekly virtual gatherings of predominantly women peacebuilders "many of whom are first responders to the Corona pandemic, speak of the situation in their countries, emerging threats, positive developments and always their own extraordinary response".

Resources General ICAN
Protecting Her Right To Decide

An online campaign from She Decides that highlights activism "to protect [a woman's] right to decide about her body, her life and her future during Covid-19."

Resources General She Decides
Field Stories

A compilation of case studies of women from the grassroots whose lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources General SWATI
Stand With Adolescent Girls and Young Women

A statement of solidarity on the increased rights violations and impacts on the lives of adolescent girls and young women during COVID-19 which will not recede after the peak of the pandemic, and recommendations to work towards and invest in a "feminist vision where young women and adolescent girls—in all their diversity—are free and equipped to choose their own futures".

Statement General The Child, Early & Forced Marriage & Unions and Sexuality Working Group, and Partners
Impact of COVID-19 National Lockdown on Women Informal Workers

A series of five reports on the impact of COVID-19 national lockdown on women working in the informal economy, specifically domestic workers, waste workers, construction workers, street vendors and home-based workers.

Resources General Institute of Social Studies Trust
Women Healthworkers on The Frontline

This 90-second short film features glimpses from the work of women healthworkers (ASHAs and ANMs) in communities, to thank them and celebrate their efforts.

Resources General Population Foundation of India
Imagining Feminist Digital Spaces for Activism During & Beyond COVID-19

A session with young feminists from South Asia on reimagining digital spaces for activism during and after the pandemic

Webinar (recording) General Sangat
Not In lockdown: Voices and struggles against gender, racial and social injustices

A session on the stories and experiences of resistance during the COVID-19 pandemic owing to its close association with human rights, social justice, and health equity. The webinar will go live on the 25th of June, from 5:30PM.

Webinar General Sama
Six Concrete Measures to Support Women and Girls in All their Diversity in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The report talks about how governments can address and confront the gendered and discriminatory effects of COVID-19. It "highlights the needs of women and girls in all their diversity, particularly the most marginalized, and the importance of access to essential health services"

Resources General UNAIDS
The Invisible Work of Care

A podcast on the invisible nature of domestic and care work and how the lockdown in the wake of a global pandemic has made the invisibilisation even more stark.

Podcast General The Curio-City Collective

A "Blog Symposium" curated by Dr. Bhavana Nissima and Nandhini Shanmugham on the challenges and opportunities for women's rights and gender equality, during and after this pandemic.

Resources General The Prajnya Trust
Domestic Violence During COVID-19 Lockdown in India

A report "to describe, analyse, and suggest the way forward" regarding domestic violence during the COVID-19 lockdown in India.

Resources General Shakti Shalini
Applying A Gender Lens to COVID-19

A collection of relevant resources at the intersection of gender equality and COVID-19, along with information on the ongoing advocacy efforts of Women Deliver towards applying a gender lens to COVID-19.

Resources General Women Deliver
Biopolitics and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Feminist Perspectives

An article talking about the terrible impacts of COVID-19, especially for countries of the Global South, deepening pre-existing inequalities and exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems. It applies a feminist lens to the pandemic, debunking the myth that the virus is a universal equalizer.

Resources General Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era
Domestic Violence Under COVID 19: Toolkit

A domestic violence toolkit, for local groups seeking ways to safely adjust their work during the pandemic. It draws on best practices of Global South women’s organizations. The toolkit also includes sections on "addressing violence towards LGBTIQ people and people with disabilities and on working with men as allies." The toolkit is available in English, Arabic, French, Kurdish, Spanish, and Swahili.

Tips and tools + resources General MADRE
COVID-19 Impacting Gender Dynamics

The article looks at the changing gender dynamics in heteronormative households, during COVID-19 and how it has brought out newer vulnerabilities for women or intensified those that already existed.

Resources General Vihara Innovation Network
Unpaid Care Work During COVID-19

A 3-minute video in Hindi about the unpaid labour of care work and the inherent gender-based inequalities in the performance of this labour that the pandemic has brought to the forefront.

Resources General Feminism In India
Rethinking Feminist Intervention and COVID-19: Voices from the grassroots

This webinar will highlight the challenges that the work at the grassroots has seen in the last few months, with the ongoing pandemic, while informing learnings for Civil Society Organizations. The conversation will take place primarily in Hindi, on 29th July at 4PM.

Webinar General CREA
Gender Discrimination During COVID-19

A resource in Hindi on the multiple forms of gender inequality that the impact of this pandemic has intensified.

Resources General Jankipul
At Home, At Risk

This is a series of Infographics based on "a rapid survey looking at how the redressal ecosystem for domestic violence functioned during the COVID-19". The survey is being carried out across 7 states by member organisations of Lam-lynti Chittara Neralu (LCN), a national network that "works towards improved and rights-based shelters for survivors of violence".

Resources General Lam-Lynti Chittara Neralu
Understanding How The COVID-19 Crisis Impacted Girls’ Education In India

This article looks at the impact of the COVID crisis on girls' education, in the context of the lockdown and the lack of supportive measures to disadvantaged learners. 

Resources General Feminism In India
A Practical Approach to Prevent, Address and Document Domestic Violence under COVID-19

This paper explores the problem of domestic violence under COVID-19 and shares best practices used to prevent, address, and document violence.

Resources General MADRE, Media Matters for Women, MenEngage, OutRight Action International, Women Enabled, and WILPF
Domestic Violence Toolkit

This toolkit of best practices by Global South women's organizations is tailored to the current environment of physical distancing, social isolation, and lockdowns, including guidance on using social media in domestic violence prevention campaigns

Tips and tools + resources General MADRE, Media Matters for Women, MenEngage, OutRight Action International, Women Enabled, and WILPF
How Coronavirus Impacted Women

This video explores how the COVID-19 pandemic "has affected the health of rural women who already suffer from lack of gynaecologists and resources for treatment".

Resources General Chalchitra Abhiyaan
Gender and Data Resources During COVID-19

This is a compilation of resources and reports on gender and gender data as they relate to COVID-19 preparedness and response around the world, including the current and anticipated impacts of the pandemic.

Resources General Data 2x
Masculinities and COVID-19: Making the Connections

The report, based on critical masculinity theory and a wide range of academic and news sources, reveals and analyzes the interconnections among men, masculinities, and the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19.  

Resources General MenEngage Alliance
Advisory On Rights Of Women

This is NHRC's Human Rights advisory on the rights of women, especially women from vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society, who have been disproportionately imppacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown.

Resources General NHRC
Feminist Futures- Oxfam Discussion Paper

This paper, written in the context of COVID-19, "contains reflections from members of Oxfam’s gender justice community and draws on feminist thinking in order to develop a vision for a caring future, what it might look like and how we might achieve it". 

Resources General Oxfam International
Translations of the Pandemic: Women In STEM

This article explores the underrepresentation of women and under-recognition of their work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) academia and how the pandemic has effectively worsened this scenario.  

Resources General Manthan Magazine
Violence in Times of COVID-19 Lack of Legal Protection for Women Informal Workers

"The article tries to analyse the impact of the pandemic particularly on the women workers in the informal sector through an examination of existing legal protection measures, access to social security and the issue of violence and harassment."

Resources General EPW Engage
Gender Blindness During COVID

In this article, Pamela Philipose looks at how the media representation of the COVID-19 pandemic and its outcomes have been extremely gendered.

Resources General The Tribune
Gender and COVID-19: A Feminist Economic Lens

In this webinar, held on Feb 18, 2021, Professor Naila Kabeer used "a feminist economic lens to analyse a range of different impacts associated with COVID-19 and to explore the kinds of policies that such a lens would suggest for a more resilient and equitable future."

Resources General LSE
How COVID-19 Magnified The Performance Of Toxic Masculinities In My Family

In this article, the author talks about the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown on men and masculinities. 

Resources General Feminism In India
Transformative Approaches to Engaging Men and Couples to Accelerate Family Planning Outcomes

This webinar focuses on the importance of engaging men in family planning, the methods, practices, and approaches adopted globally for engaging men in family planning, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on men’s behavior and gender-equitable family planning.

Webinar (recording) General ICRW
‘One cup of kadak chai’: How Mumbai’s Koli women survived the coronavirus pandemic

This article discusses the challenges faced by Koli fisherwomen in Mumbai and looks into the network of solidarity built by them to navigate through the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

Resources General Scroll
Don't Neglect the Domestic Worker

This article looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of domestic workers and how their economic and healthcare needs have gone unnoticed. 

Resources General The Indian Express
She Told Us So: Rapid Gender Analysis

This study looks at the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls in the global south. 

Resources General Care International
Post-COVID Urban Women’s Mobility: Experts Weigh In On Patterns & Impacts

This article looks at the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on women's mobility in urban spaces. 

Resources General Feminism In India
COVID-19 - Women from the South Reimagining the Intellectual Property System

In this webinar, feminist speakers from different intersections come together to reimagine intellectual property from a Global South perspective.  

Resources General DAWN
Going Beyond The Crisis Of Care: Women In The Post-Pandemic Labour Market

This article looks at the impact of the pandemic on the changing dynamics of the labour market owing to the existing sexual division of labour and how the "burden of work has unfairly shifted more towards women than men because of the pandemic."

Resources General TARSHI
Breakthrough India's Response to COVID-19 in 2021

This is a compilation of SOPs, toolkits and research studies developed by Breakthrough to address issues like impact on mental health in the communities and the youth, misinformation around Covid-19, fake news around vaccines, unequal medical care, children’s safety etc during the second wave of the pandemic. 

Resources General Breakthrough India
Men, Masculinities and the Pandemic

This is a set of consultation and research reports that map the challenges faced by 17 development organisations engaging young men and boys with issues of gender, health, livelihoods, education etc. and lists recommendations for building more synergetic programming that can respond to crises like the COVID-19 pandemic with more resilience. 

Resources General The YP Foundation
Preventing Domestic Violence Against Children During COVID-19’ toolkit

This toolkit brings together examples of tried-and-tested approaches to preventing domestic violence against children in diverse contexts and communities around the world, adapted to work during the COVID-19 crisis. It features examples of prevention approaches from members of the Family for Every Child alliance like Bangldesh, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka and others. 

Resources General Family For Every Child