The COVID-19 and Gender Buzzboard covers many topics generated by users, and is a collaborative tool for agenda setting and research initiatives.
COVID-19 and Gender / Gender-Based Violence
Dr. Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed is a Gender and Development Manager (Research) at UNICEF Office of Research, Innocenti, where she also manages the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office-funded Gender-Responsive and Age-Sensitive Social Protection (GRASSP) research program. Zahrah works in the area of gender and women’s economic empowerment, the care economy, and social protection.
The social impacts of COVID-19 have important implications to food security and, like many other social and environmental calamities, are not gender or spatially neutral. In many regions across the world, deep-rooted gender norms that devalue women’s unpaid domestic labor burdens also marginalize the health, nutrition, and decision-making power of women and girls.
With a focus on countries in the Global South, this infographic series illustrates: how COVID-19 has affected access to essential health services for women; how responses have exacerbated gender inequities in access to essential health services; and what practices and approaches countries have used to mitigate negative impacts.
The poster "You Are Not Alone: Help Is Available If You Experience Violence or Abuse", available in English and Siswati, targets women and families to have a safety plan and access local violence/abuse support services. The material was developed as a response to a noted increase in domestic violence due to COVID-19 lockdown period.
This poster targets women and children who may be experience abuse or violence in the home.
This poster, available in English and Siswati, targets women and children in Eswatini who may be experiencing violence at home. The key message highlights the importance of having a safety plan if women and children need to leave in a hurry because of abuse or violence.
This short video is targeted to men to prevent violence and abuse and encourage them to seek help.
The short animated gif/video in English and Siswati was developed for men to prevent domestic violence. It outlines six key steps men can take to help them from acting violently, and includes contact details of locally available services for help. The video was designed to be distributed through social media platforms.