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COVID-19: A Gender Lens; Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Promoting Gender Equality
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
New York | 2020 | 8 p.
Corporate author: 
United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA)
© UNFPA 2020

Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. Women represent 70 percent of the health and social sector workforce globally and special attention should be given to how their work environment may expose them to discrimination, as well as thinking about their sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs as frontline health workers. This technical brief provides key messages and recommendations for protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promoting gender equality during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Resource Type: 
Advocacy materials
Human rights / Human dignity
Preventing violent extremism
Social justice / Equity
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education
Lifelong learning


Epidemics; Gender; Discrimination; Human rights; Violence