COVID-19: Initiatives in Our Network

International Institutions and CSOs Respond

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and women’s rights organizations are instrumental in raising awareness about the various ways women’s lives have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This page presents statements and reports by international institutions and NGOs.

European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

EU rights and equality agency heads: Let’s step up our efforts to end domestic violence
The EIGE and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) call on the EU and its Member States to use the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to step up their efforts to effectively protect women's rights.

Center for Global Development

Playing the Long Game: How a Gender Lens Can Mitigate Harm Caused by Pandemics
Megan O'Donnell, Assistant Director, Gender Program and Senior Policy Analyst, proposes solutions to a range of problems stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic that disproportionately impact women and girls.

Equinet​

When staying home is dangerous: Fighting the raise of domestic violence in Europe
While at the international level voices of solidarity with domestic violence survivors are getting stronger, the national responses are very different. It is clear that some Member States are rising to the challenge by swiftly adjusting to the new circumstances. Unfortunately, not all European governments are approaching the COVID-19 crisis with such a prompt and systemic response.

European Network of Migrant Women

Global feminist perspective on the pandemic: What “normal” do we expect when the crisis is over?
The European Network of Migrant Women offers an analysis of some of the aspects of this crisis, from a global feminist perspective. 

European Women's Lobby

Women must not pay the price for COVID-19: Putting equality between women and men at the heart of the response to COVID-19 across Europe
The European Women’s Lobby recognizes the significant and long-term impacts this health crisis will have for all across Europe and beyond, and that this will disproportionately be shouldered by women and girls.

Women in Development Europe+

The gender impact of Coronavirus: How to move to an economy that cares for people and the planet
This essay raises some questions about how the Coronavirus crisis affects women and men differently. It reveals the key role of the care sector, referring to both paid and unpaid care work, and women’s specific roles and risks during the crisis. 

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