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Progress at risk: Gender equality in COVID-19 response in Europe and Central Asia

Feb 26, 2021

Socio-economic impact assessments, undertaken by UN agencies to support governments in the Europe and Central Asia region, show that the pandemic has had a profound and disproportional impact on women and girls. They have suffered higher rates of unemployment, rising levels of violence within the home and a sharp increase in unpaid care and domestic work.

Progress at risk: Gender equality in COVID-19 response in Europe and Central Asia’ presents regional trends and examines the pandemic’s socio-economic impact from a gender perspective. The regional policy advocacy paper analyses a range of COVID-19 documents and offers comprehensive policy recommendations for a gender-responsive COVID-19 recovery, which is essential to building an equitable and resilient future.  

This paper is a collaborative effort of the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub and the UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office.

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