We must not let women deal with the pandemic crisis alone!
“If the mother is affected, then all her children are vulnerable.”
- Mobina Khatun, 45, Rohingya volunteer in the Ukhiya sector of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Every day, Mobina Khatun conducts door-to-door visits with women across Camp 4, providing crucial prevention information. She worries about the impact COVID-19 will have on female-headed households in the camps, because of the prevailing social norms and women’s traditional role as primary caregivers. Read Mobina’s story. (open link in new window)
COVID-19 may not care what sex the people it infects are, but its impacts are not gender neutral- it hit women hardest. The burden of care – whether at home or in health systems – is disproportionately borne by women. Women locked in with abusive partners are more at risk. Two-thirds of the jobs that will be lost and not recovered are women's jobs. Some countries are engaging women in their recovery plans, but the majority of countries are not.
• $20 can provide a hygiene kit for a family during the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan including masks and hand sanitizer
• $65 could help to find immediate work support for women to restore livelihoods and rebuild their communities
• $155 could equip frontline responders with Gender-based violence response kit
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