Early this year, we witnessed the outbreak of COVID-19 in China and in less than a few months, the virus has spread all over the globe propelling the World Health Organisation to declare it as a global pandemic.
As of April 13, 2020, there are 1,904,566 Total known cases, 118,459 Total deaths and 5,588 Latest deaths, the high number of infection and death has led most affected countries to put in place a national lockdown to try to halt the spread of the highly contagious virus.
MEWC is joining the International Community to play its part in the fight against the deadly virus, we will be using our website and social media to share resources, information about the virus.
The new coronavirus, officially called SARS-CoV-2, has infected more than three million people worldwide – 31,000 in Africa by 26 April – with Egypt, South Africa, Morocco and Algeria having the most confirmed cases. According to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the death toll across the continent totals 1390, with 9,380 than 8300 recoveries reported.
Joint statement by Kvinna till Kvinna, Oxfam, Plan International, Action Aid, Tearfund, Medica Liberia, and International Rescue Committee
The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a tremendous impact on the health and wellbeing of people all over the world, as well as on health, social and economic systems.
Source: Social Development Direct
Dr Erika Fraser, Senior Technical Expert at SDDirect, introduces a new report exploring the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic might have on violence against women and girls (VAWG).
As COVID-19 forces school closures in 185 countries, Plan International and UNESCO warn of the potential for increased drop-out rates which will disproportionately affect adolescent girls, further entrench gender gaps in education and lead to increased risk of sexual exploitation, early pregnancy and early and forced marriage.
Source: The Point
Governments all over are asking people to stay at home, and The Gambia is no exception. Whilst this is to curb movements to limit the transmission of COVID-19, these steps can have unintended consequences for the poorest & most vulnerable. Whilst the Nema and other agricultural projects have delivered outcomes and results that seek to ensure our rural population have improved livelihoods, increased food nutrition and a decent quality of life, the Coronavirus will no-doubt have dire negative effects on the gains registered by these projects, thereby posing a very devastating economic downturn for the poor rural beneficiaries, especially women.
Source: Guttmacher Institute
The global epidemic of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on a wide array of health, economic, social and personal decisions. However, what may be lost in the chaos among other effects and dangers is the specific impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights, both for people in the United States and around the world.
Lan Mercado is a development worker and an activist from the Philippines, with over 30 years of experience working with civil society coalitions, environmental movements, and international women's rights organizations. Here, she shares her personal opinion on how economic and gender inequalities play out in a public health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and how local governments can respond with a pro-poor, pro-women approach.
Source: UN WOMEN
This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the re- cent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sec- tors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis with examples of actions already taken. It also considers the economic impact of the pandemic and its implications for violence against women and girls in the long-term. Read more
Source: Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
In times of major social crisis, a gendered and feminist perspective exposes the priorities and biases of public policy. It is also an important lens for evaluating the capacity of policies -or lack thereof- to meet the needs of women and vulnerable social groups as a whole, while highlighting their disproportionate impact on these groups, which constitute the majority of the population. For these reasons, today we launch a gender tracker to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on women and other vulnerable social groups in Egypt. We hope that a gendered perspective will allow opportunities to remedy measures that do not consider gendered impacts or avoid public policies that could harm certain groups
Source: World Economic Forum
Global health authorities are battling to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from having severe consequences for women’s health, with spikes in domestic violence and maternal mortality predicted as women lose access to vital health services and social support.
Tunisia's women, childhood and family affairs Minister Asma al-Suhairi says there has been a sharp increase in domestic violence since the lockdown in Tunisia.