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The COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative
New global research hub explores the gendered dimensions of COVID-19 to promote equality through recovery.
About the Project
The COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative will aim to promote gender equality and long-term prosperity in low- and middle-income countries by informing global and national decision makers' policy responses to the current pandemic and future crises.

Early evidence suggests that the global pandemic has had an outsized negative impact on women and girls in low- and middle-income countries. Before COVID-19 hit, women’s labor force participation, access to finance, quality employment, pay, and advancement were all already unequal to men’s, and the pandemic and global recession are predicted to exacerbate these gaps. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that two-thirds of 103 countries surveyed cited initial disruptions to family planning and contraception services. And while over 200 countries and territories have put in place social protection policies to help communities recover from the pandemic, the extent to which these policies are reaching and benefiting women and girls is still unclear.

While the COVID-19 pandemic itself has been disastrous for global health and the global economy, this moment of rebuilding presents a major opportunity for policymakers across the globe to make gender equality core to building back better and to improve the opportunities of women and girls worldwide.

This global research initiative will examine COVID-19 recovery policies in three areas to determine the best ways to address long-standing gender inequality:

  • Health policy: The initiative will examine how COVID-19 and its response measures are indirectly impacting women’s and girls’ health, including access to sexual and reproductive health services and other essential medical care, in order to develop possible solutions to mitigate adverse effects in ongoing and future epidemics.

  • Social protection policy: The initiative will examine the design of social protection policies already enacted during the pandemic and provide recommendations to ensure that future social protection programs reach and benefit women and girls.

  • Economic development policy: The initiative will examine data on the impact of the COVID-19 global recession on women’s work in low- and middle-income countries, including entrepreneurship, wage and salaried work, work in subsistence agriculture, and unpaid care work, and make recommendations to design policies to promote women’s economic opportunities and empowerment.

Blogs

  • To Improve Women’s Economic Standing During and After COVID-19, Development...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have an important role to play to ensure that women and girls don’t get left behind in COVID-19 recovery efforts, and prioritizing...
  • Women's Economic Empowerment in India: Soumya Kapoor on the CGD Podcast
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Megan O'Donnell of CGD and Soumya Kapoor of IWWAGE discuss breaking down the barriers that keep Indian women from the workforce, the roles of local and international actors, and...
  • Gender and Social Protection in the Era of COVID-19
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Through CGD’s COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative, the Social Protection Approaches to COVID-19: Expert Advice Helpline (SPACE) and ODI’s research project on social...
  • Did You Hear What Melinda French Gates Said Today?
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Today, Melinda French Gates announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will make a five year $650 million commitment to furthering economic empowerment for women...
  • How to Promote Young Women’s Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 Induced...
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    Good stories amid the devastation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are both rare and important to document.  So when I heard from colleagues at Technoserve in...
  • Seizing the Generation Equality Moment: An Equitable Recovery Must Leave No...
    by Beverley Essue et al.
    The Generation Equality Action Coalitions’ Blueprints identify intersectionality as a core principle, alongside feminist leadership and transformation. But translating this...
  • How Can We Hold Commitment Makers Accountable? Reflections Ahead of the Paris...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    As the Paris convening of the Generation Equality Forum draws near, I revisit the key takeaways of that note and draw out implications for the Forum’s commitment makers, both...
  • Addressing Violence against Women and Children during COVID-19: It’s Time...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    On March 20, President Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, aimed at preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic...
  • From Mexico City to Paris: Generation Equality Needs Evidence-Based Commitments
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Women’s History Month came to a close last week with the first virtual convening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. Originally scheduled for 2020, the Forum...
  • Are Multilateral Development Banks Doing Enough to Close the COVID-19 Gender...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    The evidence to date suggests that the pandemic and resulting global recession have exacerbated pre-existing gender inequalities in economic standing and broader well-being in...
  • It's Time to Invest in Global Childcare
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    "Through increased policy attention and financial investment, childcare can move from a problem to an opportunity. It is an opportunity to promote gender equality and education,...
  • COVID-19 is a Gendered Crisis. Here’s What Policymakers Can Do About It.
    by Megan O'Donnell
    The Center for Global Development is building on our initial efforts by launching the COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative. This new initiative will aim to promote gender...
  • Where Are Women and Girls Especially Vulnerable to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    Did you know that Zimbabwe is one of four low- and lower-middle-income countries (LICs and LMCs) where a severe economic contraction in 2020 combines with very low levels of...
  • Preventing a “Return to Normal”: Addressing Violence against Women during...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Since the start of the pandemic, I have been collaborating with Amber Peterman and other researchers to improve understanding of how pandemics and other crises increase the...
  • COVID-19 and Girls' Education: What We Know So Far and What We Expect
    by Amina Mendez Acosta et al.
    The potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls’ education are numerous and diverse. It’s too early for us to predict with confidence the impact of the pandemic on...
  • Ensuring Women’s Access to Cash Transfers in the Wake of COVID-19
    by Shelby Bourgault et al.
    With any cash transfer program, there are gender-related implications of targeting, access, and uptake. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the design and implementation...
  • Women and Girls Are Leading the Way towards Universal Access to Sexual and...
    by Julia Kaufman
    Governments around the world continue to focus on tackling the COVID-19 outbreak head-on and preventing already-stretched health systems from being even more overwhelmed.
  • Diaries from the Frontline: COVID-19 and Education Inequality: Who Is Most at...
    by Rita Perakis et al.
    This week, in our final installment in the series, we examine how one particularly vulnerable population served by the Luminos Fund—refugee children in Lebanon—has been...
  • Tracking the Gender Impact of COVID-19
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    We know that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting men and women differently and may exacerbate gender inequalities, and we also know that gender roles will help shape adaptive...
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Underscores Labor Shortages in Women-Dominated Professions
    by Rebekah Smith et al.
    Nearly half of the global population of international migrants are women. COVID-19 is highlighting labor shortages in women-dominated professions and the consequences these...
  • Why Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Is Critical to the COVID-19 Response...
    by Melissa Hidrobo et al.
    Designing gender-sensitive programming is not always straightforward, but evidence suggests simple design and implementation adaptations can make programming more...
  • The Risks Posed by Covid-19 Are Gendered. Our Response Should Be as Well.
    by Shelby Bourgault
    In a webcast event hosted by CGD, Megan O’Donnell spoke with researchers, practitioners, and advocates to highlight and contextualize data on how this global crisis presents...
  • A New Survey on the Risks of School Closures for Girls
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    COVID-19 is likely to affect the education outcomes of girls and boys in adverse and differential ways. What has been less studied are the challenges and perceptions of the...
  • A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Pandemics and Violence against Women and Children
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, experts warned of increased violence against women and children. Existing research about pandemics and disease outbreaks unfortunately aligns...
  • A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Investing in Nurses and Other Frontline Health...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Here we take a deeper dive into the promotion of a gender-equal global health workforce in which the occupations where women predominate, such as nursing and community health...
  • Playing the Long Game: How a Gender Lens Can Mitigate Harm Caused by Pandemics
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Working towards structural changes that will take longer to come to fruition, especially those that relate to reducing global inequality, is the only way to radically decrease...
  • How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?
    by David Evans
    Policymakers should be thinking—and worried—about how COVID-19 is expected to disproportionately affect women and girls. Gender inequality can come into even starker focus...

Publications

  • The Impacts of COVID-19 on Women’s Social and Economic Outcomes: An Updated...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    In an updated review on the gendered social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, we examine 49 studies identified by our search criteria between January and March 2021....
  • A Review of Multilateral Development Banks’ Investments in Childcare
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Using project data from eight multilateral development banks, we compile all projects with a childcare component from 2000 to June 2021. Our analysis explores best practices...
  • Gender in the MDB Social Protection Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    by Brian Webster et al.
    Recent work by the CGD researchers through the COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women particularly severely,...
  • The Indirect Health Effects of COVID-19: Emerging Findings from Kenya, the...
    by Diana Beatriz S. Bayani et al.
    COVID-19 has caused significant morbidity and mortality, both directly and indirectly via the disruption to routine health services. Evidence on the indirect health impacts has...
  • New Estimates of the Impact of COVID-19 on Women’s Jobs and Enterprises
    by Charles Kenny et al.
    The ILO estimates that the number of women employed in low- and middle-income countries fell 4.7 percent between 2019 and 2020, compared to a 3.3 percent decline for men....
  • Promoting an Inclusive Recovery by Prioritizing Gender: A “Care, Cash, and...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    The World Bank estimates that the global pandemic could push between 55 and 63 million people into extreme poverty in IDA (the International Development Association) countries....
  • Violence Against Women and Children During COVID-19—One Year On and 100...
    by Shelby Bourgault et al.
    A year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we take stock of an increasingly diverse set of new studies linking violence against women and children...
  • Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    When health crises like COVID-19 emerge, the shocks to economic, social, and health systems can have different implications for women and girls, with gendered impacts across...
  • The Gendered Dimensions of Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    This paper, part of a series documenting the gendered dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, focuses on the role of social protection policies and programs in addressing gender...
  • Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis’s Indirect Health Impacts for Women and Girls
    by Carleigh Krubiner et al.
    The paper examines some ways national governments have sought to maintain provision of essential health services and reviews the extent to which donor institutions have...
  • Brief: Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis’s Indirect Health Impacts for Women...
    by Carleigh Krubiner et al.
    In this policy brief, we summarize the findings of a CGD working paper, Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis’s Indirect Health Impacts for Women and Girls. We examine how the...
  • The Impacts of Health Crises on Women & Girls: How Historical Evidence Can...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    This paper presents a conceptual framework on the effects of health crises on women and girls with an eye toward understanding the growing evidence base for the COVID-19...
  • Brief: The Gendered Dimensions of Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    In this policy brief, we summarize the findings of a CGD working paper, The Gendered Dimensions of Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context. We explore the role of social...
  • Brief: Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    In this policy brief, we summarize the findings of a CGD working paper, Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the COVID-19 Context. We explore the impacts of the crisis on...
  • COVID-19 and Violence against Women and Children: A Third Research Round Up...
    by Amber Peterman et al.
    This year, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence comes at a time when there is unprecedented global attention on violence against women and children (VAW/C). The...
  • COVID-19 and Violence against Women and Children: A Second Research Round Up
    by Amber Peterman et al.
    COVID-19 has raised the profile of violence against women and children (VAW/C) within the global discourse. Nine months after the emergence of COVID-19, global stakeholders...
  • Women’s Access to Cash Transfers in Light of COVID-19: The Case of Pakistan
    by Shelby Bourgault et al.
    In this policy note, we highlight Pakistan’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash program as a case study, as well as several other examples of cash transfer programs mobilized by...
  • COVID-19 & Violence against Women and Children: What Have We Learned So Far?
    by Amber Peterman et al.
    In this note, we review rigorous studies that have analyzed how COVID-19 and related policies are impacting rates of VAW/C and highlight more reliable methods, while...
  • Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 School Closures: Insights from Frontline...
    by Maryam Akmal et al.
    COVID-19 school closures pose significant operational and financial risks to frontline organizations delivering vital education services, including non-governmental...
  • Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children
    by Amber Peterman et al.
    Times of economic uncertainty, civil unrest and disaster are linked to a myriad of risk factors for increased violence against women and children (VAW/C). Pandemics are no...

Media Mentions

  • Women Bear the Brunt of COVID-19 Crisis, New Analysis Finds
    “What was anecdotal is now increasingly backed up by rigorous data and evidence: women have been disproportionately hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic - whether it’s the...
  • COVID-19 recovery provides a unique opportunity to close the gender gap (Devex)
    While it’s still too soon to know definitively what’s happening across the globe to women during the pandemic, data from 26,000 business owners and managers collected across...
  • Fighting COVID-19's effects on gender equality (Axios)
    The disproportionate effects of containment measures on female-dominant sectors, the heavier role of women in child and elder care, and an uptick in domestic violence are all...
  • More women forced to close businesses in pandemic amid warnings they will be...
    "Before Covid-19 hit, women’s labour force participation, access to finance, pay, and advancement were all already unequal to men’s, and the pandemic and global recession...
  • Child marriage worries rise amid coronavirus lockdown in Cameroon (The New...
    "Girls in developing countries are also at a substantial risk of gender-based violence, early pregnancy, and dropping out once schools re-open, according to a new...
  • What We Know About Crises And Domestic Violence — And What That Could Mean...
    "According to a working paper by the Center for Global Development, the effects of unemployment on IPV vary across populations due to cultural differences, but in the U.S.,...
  • Teen pregnancy risk rises as schools shut for coronavirus in Africa (Reuters)
    Closing schools poses risks for children everywhere, from sexual violence to lack of mid-day meals, but the impact may be bigger in Africa, said Lee Crawfurd, a senior research...

Events

  • Promoting Gender Equality Through COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
    Before COVID-19 hit, women’s labor force participation, access to finance, pay, and advancement were all already unequal to...
  • COVID-19 Payments: Managing Risks and Ensuring Women’s Inclusion
    This webinar responds to the question of how governments and humanitarian agencies can manage the risks associated with...
  • Gender Based Violence in a Pandemic
    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in three women worldwide experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly perpetrated by an...
  • Safeguarding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health during COVID
    Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens access to sexual and reproductive health, including contraceptive services,...
  • Online Event: Approaching COVID-19 Risk and Response through a Gender Lens
    While the immediate impacts of COVID-19 are already apparent, some have yet to surface, and many of them will have different...

Blogs

  • To Improve Women’s Economic Standing During and After COVID-19, Development...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have an important role to play to ensure that women and girls don’t get left behind in COVID-19 recovery efforts, and prioritizing...
  • Women's Economic Empowerment in India: Soumya Kapoor on the CGD Podcast
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Megan O'Donnell of CGD and Soumya Kapoor of IWWAGE discuss breaking down the barriers that keep Indian women from the workforce, the roles of local and international actors, and...
  • Gender and Social Protection in the Era of COVID-19
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Through CGD’s COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative, the Social Protection Approaches to COVID-19: Expert Advice Helpline (SPACE) and ODI’s research project on social...
  • Did You Hear What Melinda French Gates Said Today?
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Today, Melinda French Gates announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will make a five year $650 million commitment to furthering economic empowerment for women...
  • How to Promote Young Women’s Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 Induced...
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    Good stories amid the devastation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are both rare and important to document.  So when I heard from colleagues at Technoserve in...
  • Seizing the Generation Equality Moment: An Equitable Recovery Must Leave No...
    by Beverley Essue et al.
    The Generation Equality Action Coalitions’ Blueprints identify intersectionality as a core principle, alongside feminist leadership and transformation. But translating this...
  • How Can We Hold Commitment Makers Accountable? Reflections Ahead of the Paris...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    As the Paris convening of the Generation Equality Forum draws near, I revisit the key takeaways of that note and draw out implications for the Forum’s commitment makers, both...
  • Addressing Violence against Women and Children during COVID-19: It’s Time...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    On March 20, President Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, aimed at preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic...
  • From Mexico City to Paris: Generation Equality Needs Evidence-Based Commitments
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Women’s History Month came to a close last week with the first virtual convening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. Originally scheduled for 2020, the Forum...
  • Are Multilateral Development Banks Doing Enough to Close the COVID-19 Gender...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    The evidence to date suggests that the pandemic and resulting global recession have exacerbated pre-existing gender inequalities in economic standing and broader well-being in...
  • It's Time to Invest in Global Childcare
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    "Through increased policy attention and financial investment, childcare can move from a problem to an opportunity. It is an opportunity to promote gender equality and education,...
  • COVID-19 is a Gendered Crisis. Here’s What Policymakers Can Do About It.
    by Megan O'Donnell
    The Center for Global Development is building on our initial efforts by launching the COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative. This new initiative will aim to promote gender...
  • Where Are Women and Girls Especially Vulnerable to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    Did you know that Zimbabwe is one of four low- and lower-middle-income countries (LICs and LMCs) where a severe economic contraction in 2020 combines with very low levels of...
  • Preventing a “Return to Normal”: Addressing Violence against Women during...
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Since the start of the pandemic, I have been collaborating with Amber Peterman and other researchers to improve understanding of how pandemics and other crises increase the...
  • COVID-19 and Girls' Education: What We Know So Far and What We Expect
    by Amina Mendez Acosta et al.
    The potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls’ education are numerous and diverse. It’s too early for us to predict with confidence the impact of the pandemic on...
  • Ensuring Women’s Access to Cash Transfers in the Wake of COVID-19
    by Shelby Bourgault et al.
    With any cash transfer program, there are gender-related implications of targeting, access, and uptake. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the design and implementation...
  • Women and Girls Are Leading the Way towards Universal Access to Sexual and...
    by Julia Kaufman
    Governments around the world continue to focus on tackling the COVID-19 outbreak head-on and preventing already-stretched health systems from being even more overwhelmed.
  • Diaries from the Frontline: COVID-19 and Education Inequality: Who Is Most at...
    by Rita Perakis et al.
    This week, in our final installment in the series, we examine how one particularly vulnerable population served by the Luminos Fund—refugee children in Lebanon—has been...
  • Tracking the Gender Impact of COVID-19
    by Mayra Buvinic et al.
    We know that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting men and women differently and may exacerbate gender inequalities, and we also know that gender roles will help shape adaptive...
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Underscores Labor Shortages in Women-Dominated Professions
    by Rebekah Smith et al.
    Nearly half of the global population of international migrants are women. COVID-19 is highlighting labor shortages in women-dominated professions and the consequences these...
  • Why Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Is Critical to the COVID-19 Response...
    by Melissa Hidrobo et al.
    Designing gender-sensitive programming is not always straightforward, but evidence suggests simple design and implementation adaptations can make programming more...
  • The Risks Posed by Covid-19 Are Gendered. Our Response Should Be as Well.
    by Shelby Bourgault
    In a webcast event hosted by CGD, Megan O’Donnell spoke with researchers, practitioners, and advocates to highlight and contextualize data on how this global crisis presents...
  • A New Survey on the Risks of School Closures for Girls
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    COVID-19 is likely to affect the education outcomes of girls and boys in adverse and differential ways. What has been less studied are the challenges and perceptions of the...
  • A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Pandemics and Violence against Women and Children
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, experts warned of increased violence against women and children. Existing research about pandemics and disease outbreaks unfortunately aligns...
  • A Gender Lens on COVID-19: Investing in Nurses and Other Frontline Health...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Here we take a deeper dive into the promotion of a gender-equal global health workforce in which the occupations where women predominate, such as nursing and community health...
  • Playing the Long Game: How a Gender Lens Can Mitigate Harm Caused by Pandemics
    by Megan O'Donnell
    Working towards structural changes that will take longer to come to fruition, especially those that relate to reducing global inequality, is the only way to radically decrease...
  • How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?
    by David Evans
    Policymakers should be thinking—and worried—about how COVID-19 is expected to disproportionately affect women and girls. Gender inequality can come into even starker focus...

Publications

  • The Impacts of COVID-19 on Women’s Social and Economic Outcomes: An Updated...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    In an updated review on the gendered social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, we examine 49 studies identified by our search criteria between January and March 2021....
  • A Review of Multilateral Development Banks’ Investments in Childcare
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    Using project data from eight multilateral development banks, we compile all projects with a childcare component from 2000 to June 2021. Our analysis explores best practices...
  • Gender in the MDB Social Protection Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    by Brian Webster et al.
    Recent work by the CGD researchers through the COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women particularly severely,...
  • The Indirect Health Effects of COVID-19: Emerging Findings from Kenya, the...
    by Diana Beatriz S. Bayani et al.
    COVID-19 has caused significant morbidity and mortality, both directly and indirectly via the disruption to routine health services. Evidence on the indirect health impacts has...
  • New Estimates of the Impact of COVID-19 on Women’s Jobs and Enterprises
    by Charles Kenny et al.
    The ILO estimates that the number of women employed in low- and middle-income countries fell 4.7 percent between 2019 and 2020, compared to a 3.3 percent decline for men....
  • Promoting an Inclusive Recovery by Prioritizing Gender: A “Care, Cash, and...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    The World Bank estimates that the global pandemic could push between 55 and 63 million people into extreme poverty in IDA (the International Development Association) countries....
  • Violence Against Women and Children During COVID-19—One Year On and 100...
    by Shelby Bourgault et al.
    A year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we take stock of an increasingly diverse set of new studies linking violence against women and children...
  • Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    When health crises like COVID-19 emerge, the shocks to economic, social, and health systems can have different implications for women and girls, with gendered impacts across...
  • The Gendered Dimensions of Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    This paper, part of a series documenting the gendered dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, focuses on the role of social protection policies and programs in addressing gender...
  • Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis’s Indirect Health Impacts for Women and Girls
    by Carleigh Krubiner et al.
    The paper examines some ways national governments have sought to maintain provision of essential health services and reviews the extent to which donor institutions have...
  • Brief: Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis’s Indirect Health Impacts for Women...
    by Carleigh Krubiner et al.
    In this policy brief, we summarize the findings of a CGD working paper, Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis’s Indirect Health Impacts for Women and Girls. We examine how the...
  • The Impacts of Health Crises on Women & Girls: How Historical Evidence Can...
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    This paper presents a conceptual framework on the effects of health crises on women and girls with an eye toward understanding the growing evidence base for the COVID-19...
  • Brief: The Gendered Dimensions of Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    In this policy brief, we summarize the findings of a CGD working paper, The Gendered Dimensions of Social Protection in the COVID-19 Context. We explore the role of social...
  • Brief: Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the COVID-19 Context
    by Megan O'Donnell et al.
    In this policy brief, we summarize the findings of a CGD working paper, Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the COVID-19 Context. We explore the impacts of the crisis on...
  • COVID-19 and Violence against Women and Children: A Third Research Round Up...
    by Amber Peterman et al.
    This year, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence comes at a time when there is unprecedented global attention on violence against women and children (VAW/C). The...
  • COVID-19 and Violence against Women and Children: A Second Research Round Up
    by Amber Peterman et al.
    COVID-19 has raised the profile of violence against women and children (VAW/C) within the global discourse. Nine months after the emergence of COVID-19, global stakeholders...
  • Women’s Access to Cash Transfers in Light of COVID-19: The Case of Pakistan
    by Shelby Bourgault et al.
    In this policy note, we highlight Pakistan’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash program as a case study, as well as several other examples of cash transfer programs mobilized by...
  • COVID-19 & Violence against Women and Children: What Have We Learned So Far?
    by Amber Peterman et al.
    In this note, we review rigorous studies that have analyzed how COVID-19 and related policies are impacting rates of VAW/C and highlight more reliable methods, while...
  • Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 School Closures: Insights from Frontline...
    by Maryam Akmal et al.
    COVID-19 school closures pose significant operational and financial risks to frontline organizations delivering vital education services, including non-governmental...
  • Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children
    by Amber Peterman et al.
    Times of economic uncertainty, civil unrest and disaster are linked to a myriad of risk factors for increased violence against women and children (VAW/C). Pandemics are no...

Media Mentions

  • Women Bear the Brunt of COVID-19 Crisis, New Analysis Finds
    “What was anecdotal is now increasingly backed up by rigorous data and evidence: women have been disproportionately hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic - whether it’s the...
  • COVID-19 recovery provides a unique opportunity to close the gender gap (Devex)
    While it’s still too soon to know definitively what’s happening across the globe to women during the pandemic, data from 26,000 business owners and managers collected across...
  • Fighting COVID-19's effects on gender equality (Axios)
    The disproportionate effects of containment measures on female-dominant sectors, the heavier role of women in child and elder care, and an uptick in domestic violence are all...
  • More women forced to close businesses in pandemic amid warnings they will be...
    "Before Covid-19 hit, women’s labour force participation, access to finance, pay, and advancement were all already unequal to men’s, and the pandemic and global recession...
  • Child marriage worries rise amid coronavirus lockdown in Cameroon (The New...
    "Girls in developing countries are also at a substantial risk of gender-based violence, early pregnancy, and dropping out once schools re-open, according to a new...
  • What We Know About Crises And Domestic Violence — And What That Could Mean...
    "According to a working paper by the Center for Global Development, the effects of unemployment on IPV vary across populations due to cultural differences, but in the U.S.,...
  • Teen pregnancy risk rises as schools shut for coronavirus in Africa (Reuters)
    Closing schools poses risks for children everywhere, from sexual violence to lack of mid-day meals, but the impact may be bigger in Africa, said Lee Crawfurd, a senior research...

Events

Promoting Gender Equality Through COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
Before COVID-19 hit, women’s labor force participation, access to finance, pay, and advancement were all already unequal to men’s, and the pandemic and global recession are...
COVID-19 Payments: Managing Risks and Ensuring Women’s Inclusion
This webinar responds to the question of how governments and humanitarian agencies can manage the risks associated with COVID-19 response payments, ensure women’s inclusion,...
Gender Based Violence in a Pandemic
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in three women worldwide experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly perpetrated by an intimate partner. In recent times, lockdowns to...
Safeguarding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health during COVID
Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens access to sexual and reproductive health, including contraceptive services, for women and girls who are disproportionately...
Online Event: Approaching COVID-19 Risk and Response through a Gender Lens
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Contact

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Contact

For more information, contact labiona@cgdev.org

Experts

Alan Gelb
Alan Gelb is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. His recent research includes aid and development outcomes, the transition from planned to market economies,...
Anit Mukherjee
Anit Mukherjee is a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development where he works on issues of governance, public finance, and service delivery in developing countries....
Anita Käppeli
Anita Käppeli is director of Policy Outreach, Europe at CGD, based in Brussels. Prior to that, she led the Commitment to Development...
Carleigh Krubiner
Carleigh Krubiner is a bioethicist and non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her work focuses on ethical issues surrounding equity in the development and...
Charles Kenny
Charles Kenny is a senior fellow and the director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development. His current work focuses on gender and development, the...
Erin Collinson
Erin Collinson is director of Policy Outreach at CGD. Prior to joining the CGD staff, she spent over five years working in the US Senate. Originally from...
Mayra Buvinic
Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a senior fellow emeritus at the Center for Global Development and a...
Megan O'Donnell
Megan O’Donnell is the assistant director of CGD’s gender program and a senior policy analyst. She works on issues related to women’s economic empowerment and financial...
Nancy Birdsall
Nancy Birdsall is president emeritus and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a policy-oriented research institution that opened its doors in Washington, DC...
Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her work at CGD focuses...

Experts

  • Alan Gelb
    Alan Gelb is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. His recent research includes aid and development outcomes, the transition from planned to market economies,...
  • Anit Mukherjee
    Anit Mukherjee is a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development where he works on issues of governance, public finance, and service delivery in developing countries....
  • Anita Käppeli
    Anita Käppeli is director of Policy Outreach, Europe at CGD, based in Brussels. Prior to that, she led the Commitment to Development...
  • Carleigh Krubiner
    Carleigh Krubiner is a bioethicist and non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her work focuses on ethical issues surrounding equity in the development and...
  • Charles Kenny
    Charles Kenny is a senior fellow and the director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development. His current work focuses on gender and development, the...
  • Erin Collinson
    Erin Collinson is director of Policy Outreach at CGD. Prior to joining the CGD staff, she spent over five years working in the US Senate. Originally from...
  • Mayra Buvinic
    Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a senior fellow emeritus at the Center for Global Development and a...
  • Megan O'Donnell
    Megan O’Donnell is the assistant director of CGD’s gender program and a senior policy analyst. She works on issues related to women’s economic empowerment and financial...
  • Nancy Birdsall
    Nancy Birdsall is president emeritus and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a policy-oriented research institution that opened its doors in Washington, DC...
  • Nancy Lee
    Nancy Lee is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her work at CGD focuses...

Acknowledgments

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