As early as April and May this year, W4GF urged the Global Fund to:
- Remain alert to the gendered aspects of COVID-19 and to support countries to flatten the curve of inequalities given the increases in domestic violence, and weakening access to sexual and reproductive health services – both of which also put women and girls at increased risk of HIV
- Encourage countries to access the COVID-19 flexibilities, and the COVID-19 Response Mechanism(C19RM) to address social inequities, and to monitor implementation of this policy
- Continue to encourage countries to adopt programmes and services that are ‘gender security aware’ and responsive – and to reinforce this continuously in Global Fund guidance and support to countries
- Ensure accountability and request that counties provide updates on how funds are being used to enable women and adolescent girls and young women to escape immediate impacts of violence, and the related increased risks of HIV
- Track the ability of women and girls to access treatment for HIV, TB and malaria, as well as essential sexual and reproductive health and rights services which impact on HIV programs and save lives
- Ensure that communities remain at the core of responses to COVID-19, in global and local decision-making processes, including funds accessed through the C19RM.
Read more about this in W4GF focused advocacy statements…..
- W4GF Advocacy brief: The Global Fund and the response to COVID-19 On April 8 W4GF called on Global Fund to ensure that COVID-19 support and responses respond to existing and now magnified gender inequalities, in particular around gender based violence services and in ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services.
- W4GF Statement ahead of the 43 Global Fund Board meeting In advance of 14-15 May 2020, W4GF requested the Global Fund Board to promote and protect human rights and gender equality.
- W4GF Advocacy statement Promote and protect human rights and gender equality: now – and for the road ahead! 44th Global Fund Board meeting In advance of (11-12 November 2020) W4GF raised concern at the slipping back in respect of gender equality. Whilst W4GF applauded the guidance to countries on COVID-19 and C19RM, W4GF are alarmed at the insufficient information, and action at country levels, to address these major human rights abuses.
- W4GF feedback submitted to the Global Fund’s CRG department: How and why to improve the Global Fund COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) (24 March 2021)