COVID-19, Women, Gender & Communities

Women4GlobalFund (W4GF) stands in solidarity with people around the world facing the growing COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has drawn into sharp focus the uneven vulnerabilities around the world, and specific threats for the safety of women and our ability to make decisions about what happened with and to our bodies. COVID-19 increases vulnerabilities and is challenging access to essential medications and services for HIV, TB and Malaria. 

The Global Fund has already taken significant action to assist countries to respond to COVID-19 and minimise the impact on urgent programmes for HIV, TB and malaria. W4GF has gathered a selection of key resources related to COVID-19, women, gender and communities that should assist W4GF Advocates in their engagement with the Global Fund.


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W4GF Key Asks

On 8 April 2020, 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. At this stage of this global crisis it is no longer ‘nice but not essential’. Anything not done through a gender lens will fail women; now is the time to address the last mile first. In advance of the virtual 43rd Board meeting on 14-15 May 2020, W4GF requested the Board to promote and protect human rights and gender equality.


Global Fund Resources

Global Fund overview of how funds can be and have been used to respond to COVID-19.

Global Fund regular updates on the impact of COVID-19 on countries, and the Global Fund funds already allocated to the COVID-19 response.

The Global Fund COVID-19 guidance and information notes are essential for countries to consider as they shape programmes in the light of COVID-19 – through grant flexibilities, new proposal development or as countries enter grant-making.

Key commentary and analysis of the Global Funds approach to COVID-19 


Technical Partners

Guidance from Technical Partners is essential for countries as they develop plans to address the impact of COVID-19, including with Global Fund funding. W4GF Advocates are strongly encouraged to draw on this technical guidance to make the case for Global Fund supported programmes and services and to encourage quality evidence based responses. (order: most recent)


Documents from Community and Civil Society Networks and Organisations 

These documents come from key networks and are important for W4GF Advocates to be aware of given that we are a diverse group of women. (order: most recent)


If you need additional information on gender and COVID-19 see UNESCO’s mapping of online articles on COVID-19 and gender