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.
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.
- W4GF Advocacy brief: The Global Fund and the response to COVID-19
- W4GF Statement ahead of the 43 Global Fund Board meeting
Global Fund Resources
Global Fund overview of how funds can be and have been used to respond to COVID-19.
- Everything you need to know about Global Fund grant flexibilities and progress updates and disbursement requests.
Global Fund regular updates on the impact of COVID-19 on countries, and the Global Fund funds already allocated to the COVID-19 response.
- COVID-19 Global Fund Situation Reports
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.
- COVID-19 Guidance Note: Community, Rights and Gender English | Español | Français
- COVID-19 Guidance Note: Human Rights in Times of COVID-19 English | Español | Français
- COVID-19 Guidance Note: Virtual Inclusive Dialogue English | Español | Français
- COVID-19 Information Note: Considerations for Global Fund Support for Tuberculosis English | Español | Français | Português
- COVID-19 Information Note: Considerations for Global Fund Support for Malaria English | Español | Français | Português
- COVID-19 Information Note: Considerations for Global Fund Support for HIV English | Español | Français| Português
Key commentary and analysis of the Global Funds approach to COVID-19
- Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Key Asks of the Global Fund against COVID-19 and Français (April 2020)
- Aidspan: Community, Rights and Gender report to the Board requests input on COVID-19-related measures
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)
- UNDP Brief Gender-based violence and COVID-19 (11 May 2020)
- WHO Gender and COVID-19: advocacy brief (WHO) (14 May 2020)
- Stop TB Partnership in collaboration with Imperial College, Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University and USAID The potential impact of the COVID-19 response on Tuberculosis in high-burden countries: a modelling analysis (1 May 2020)
- UNFPA COVID-19 Technical Brief for Maternity Services (1 May 2020)
- UNFPA Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Family Planning and Ending Gender-based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage (27 April 2020)
- UNHCR: Displaced and stateless women and girls at heightened risk of gender-based violence in the coronavirus pandemic (20 April 2020)
- OHCHR COVID-19 and women’s human rights which highlights the impact of COVID-19 on gender based violence (15 April 2020)
- UN Secretary-General’s policy brief The impact of COVID-19 on women (9 April 2020)
- UN Women COVID-19 and ending violence against women and girls (6 April 2020)
- UNAIDS Rights in the time of COVID-19 — Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response (20 March 2020)
- UNICEF technical note: Five actions for gender equality in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response
- UNODC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) response – UNODC Thematic Brief on gender-based violence against women and girls
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)
- COVID -19 Activity Risk Level (Jun 2020)
- Sustainability of Services (SoS) Project and Alliance for Public Health (APH): Lessons from COVID-19 to reshape a sustainable response to HIV, TB and HCV among inadequately served populations in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Russian (May 2020)
- The Irish Global Health Network and Esther Alliance: are running a series of webinars on the COVID-19 pandemic. The 7th webinar was co-hosted by Women in Global Health (WGH) Ireland – W4GF was invited to speak in this webinar. See the link here (1 May 2020) and a paper published following the webinar (May 2020)
- Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and UNAIDS Joint Statement: Sex workers must not be left behind in the response to COVID-19 Impact of COVID-19 on sex workers (18 May 2020)
- International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW Global, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), and the Global Network of Young People living with HIV (Y+): A newsletter to share information, resources and inspiring responses (4 May 2020)
- GFAN: Statement from GFAN Speaker Maurine Murenga on World Malaria Day which also includes key messages on COVID-19 (Maurine Murenga – W4GF Advisory Group Chair) (25 April 2020)
- ICW Global: COVID-19 Communique English Ι Françias Ι Espanol Ι Russian (15 April 2020)
- International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD): In the time of COVID-19: Civil Society Statement on COVID-19 and People who use Drug (7 April 2020)
If you need additional information on gender and COVID-19 see UNESCO’s mapping of online articles on COVID-19 and gender