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For the most up-to-date and accurate information on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, follow the World Health Organization at WHO and via Twitter @WHO. Preventative measures to stay healthy and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, like washing hands frequently and practicing social distancing, can be found on the WHO’s COVID-19 Advice for the Public webpage.

As global advocates for gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women, Women Deliver calls on world leaders and health responders to apply a gender lens to all COVID-19 responses.

Women are playing an outsized role responding to COVID-19, including as frontline healthcare workers, caregivers at home, and as mobilizers in their communities. As the crisis intensifies around the world, it is clear that if we truly want to deliver health, wellbeing, and dignity for all, girls and women must be front and center in the emergency responses, in social and economic recovery efforts, and in how we strengthen our health systems post-pandemic. And we must safeguard the progress we've made towards gender equality, including hard won gains for sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Our latest op-ed in Project Syndicate highlights five recommended actions that must be taken now to enable the most effective and equitable responses to COVID-19.

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We’ll be spotlighting these recommendations on Twitter all week.

Join us in championing these five actions to fight COVID-19:

 #1  Protect and support health workers, the majority of whom are women

 #2  Capture gender- and age-disaggregated data to shape outbreak responses that can protect everyone

 #3  Address how traditional gender roles can affect vulnerability to health emergencies

 #4  Meet the ongoing needs of girls and women, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights

 #5  Promote women’s leadership in the response

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Want to learn more? Here's a roundup on the intersection of gender equality and COVID-19:

➔ UN Secretary General: Video Message on COVID-19
António Guterres calls for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world, appealing to warring parties to end the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.

➔ The Lancet: COVID-19 – The Gendered Impacts of the Outbreak

This article spotlights the girls and women at greatest risk of COVID-19 – including female health workers and caregivers – and what must be done to help protect and support them.

➔ Think Global Health: Gender and the Coronavirus Outbreak
This article highlights the critical questions about gender that must be asked at the outset of every public health emergency.

➔ New York Times: Why Women Might Face Greater Risk of Catching Coronavirus
This piece highlights how traditional gender roles and inequalities might make girls and women more vulnerable to COVID-19, and what a gender-integrated response could look like.

➔ Arab News: Coronavirus, A Clear and Present Danger to Lebanon
*Features the Women Deliver Humanitarian Advocates*
This article spotlights how local women-focused civil society organizations in Lebanon – including our partners at the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering and Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization – are supporting their communities during the pandemic.

➔ UNFPA: COVID-19 with A Gender Lens
This publication outlines how disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, including the sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs of female frontline health workers.

➔ UN Women: Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response
This article outlines UN Women's set of recommendations that place women’s needs and leadership at the heart of effective response to COVID-19.

How Women Deliver is Responding to COVID-19:

In addition to advocating for a gender lens on the COVID-19 response, Women Deliver is adapting in other ways during this emergency. ​

  • We are engaging with decision makers, providing credible information and evidence-backed thought leadership, advice, and shaping normative guidance on gender dimensions of pandemic preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • We are producing and contributing to evidenced-based communications and advocacy tools to highlight how girls and women are being affected by COVID-19 and what measures are needed to address in the short term and long term implications on girls and women.
  • We are regularly checking in and supporting our network of partners and Women Deliver Young Leaders, with special attention to those providing frontline health services and humanitarian relief.
  • We are increasing our webinar output – including this most recent session on UHC and COVID-19 response and a virtual press visit in Lebanon – as a way to capacity-build from the safety of home.
  • And our global community of partners, spanning sectors and geographies, are continuing to convene through bilateral meetings, phone and Skype calls, and other digital activations.
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Stay safe. Stay hopeful. Stay active.
We'll get through this, together.
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