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 Portfolio Committee on Women has called on households to stand together and help each other, especially women, children and disabled people who remain vulnerable to Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) during the 21-day lockdown period.
Le confinement provoqué par la pandémie de Covid-19 exacerbe les violences conjugales et dans les familles. En France, la violence domestique a cru d’un tiers en une semaine.
Source: Family Planning 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on the delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare around the world, according to a survey of its national members conducted by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
Source: CNBC Africa
The COVID-19 pandemic is set to exacerbate pre-existing gender inequalities and the virus’s impact will disproportionately affect women, according to the United Nations Population Fund in Sudan.
Source: Global Citizen
A little over half of women across the globe are able to freely make choices about their sexual and reproductive health, according to a latest report based on data from 57 countries.
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. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men.
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.
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