Human Rights & Gender Equality during Public Emergencies as the COVID-19 Pandemic

Извор: WUNRN – 08.12.2020

When emergency measures and #humanrights restrictions are gender-blind, women end up being harmed the most. ODIHR's new guide helps fill these gaps and prevent further discrimination.

In crisis situations, pre-existing patterns of discrimination, marginalization and vulnerability are exacerbated. Women and men, girls and boys experience the effects of the crisis itself, and of the extraordinary measures taken to counter it, in very different ways. Natural disasters, such as the devastating tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes of the past decade, have shown that women are at much higher risk of death from the immediate event, and also that their economic vulnerability increases in the aftermath.2 Distribution of relief aid often fails to consider gender differences, denying women access to key resources.


Men, Sex, Gender & COVID-19

Извор: WUNRN – 04.12.2020

Are men more at risk of infection?

Across the countries where data is available, Global Health 50/50 finds there is no consistent pattern in terms of who is more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19. A confirmed diagnosis means that a laboratory test has been undertaken. In other words, globally there are almost equal numbers of infected cases amongst men and women. We have no evidence from these national survey data that men are more likely to become infected than women.

This pattern has also been seen in data collated by the World Health Organization, which shows that there is little difference in the reported numbers of confirmed cases in men and in women. Among over 700,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to WHO by April 18th 2020, there are almost equal numbers of cases in men and women (sex ratio of M:F cases = 1.03:1). The sex ratio varies with age. In both the younger (20-29 year old) and older (80 years and older) age groups, there are more cases in women than men.


EU – Homelessness – Special challenges for homeless women, & during the pandemic

Извор: WUNRN – 03.12.2020

According to FEANTSA & Foundation Abbe Pierre estimations in their 4th Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe, at least 700,000 homeless people are sleeping rough or in emergency/temporary accommodation on one night in the European Union. It is an increase of 70% compared to ten years ago.

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How Parliament wants to end homelessness in the EU | News | European Parliament (

Website Link Includes Video.


Rights of Women & Girls with Disabilities in Conflict & Humanitarian Emergencies

Извор: WUNRN – 02.12.2020

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3, 2020 – UN

  • One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability.
  • Persons with disabilities in the world are among the hardest hit by COVID-19.


Structural Inequality as the Root of Violence Against Women - EU Commissioner

Извор: WUNRN - 01.12.2020


Commissioner’s Address at WAVE Conference 2020

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STRASBOURG 07/10/2020 - Thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk about these issues which are so high on my agenda.

1. I would like to reflect first on some recent attempts to undermine women’s rights.

Before, during and after the lockdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we witnessed renewed attacks on women’s rights, often endorsed by ultra-conservative movements.


2020 Sustainable Development Goals UN Report, Including Goal 5: Gender Equality

Извор: WUNRN - 01.12.2020


68 Pages - The-Sustainable-Development-Goals-Report-2020.pdf (

Website to explore the Report and SDG’s, and offering multilingual translations:

— SDG Indicators (

Report gives comprehensive attention to:


Alarming Rise of Gender-Based Violence During COVID-19 Lockdowns

Извор: WUNRN - 30.11.2020

Mary Husuro, a 26-year-old South Sudanese refugee, conducts a counselling session at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. © UNHCR

LOCKDOWNS during lockdowns

By UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency  |  25 November 2020

UNHCR Report: Protecting Forcibly Displaced Women & Girls During the COVID-19 Pandemic

External Brief GBV-GE Covid19 July 2020 final[1] (1).pdf


Loneliness & The COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications For Intimate Partner Violence Survivors

Извор: WUNRN - 29.11.2020

Loneliness and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (

Also Via SVRI – Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Lisa A. Goodman1 and Deborah Epstein2


The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically highlighted the isolation of domestic violence survivors, triggering media coverage and innovative efforts to reach out to those who are trapped in their homes, facing greater danger from their partners than from the virus. But another harmful aspect of this difficult time has received far less attention: survivors’ intensified loneliness. Although loneliness can be catalyzed by isolation, it is a distinct psychological phenomenon that is internal and subjective in nature. Loneliness is not only acutely painful in its own right; it also inflicts a range of long lasting, health-related harms, and heightens survivors’ vulnerability to violence, creating a vicious cycle that may continue long after strict stay-at-home and physical distancing policies end.


OSCE Appeal to States to Help End Gender-Based Violence

Извор: WUNRN - 28.11.2020

OSCE – Organization for Security & Co-Operation in Europe

OSCE Article on NO PEACE WITHOUT WOMEN – October 31, 2020 - No Peace Without Women | OSCE

OSCE leaders join the 16 Days of Activism campaign with an appeal to states to help end gender-based violence (

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TIRANA / VIENNA / WARSAW, 25 November 2020 - On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, OSCE leaders called on participating States to increase their efforts and resources to combat violence against women and girls, particularly in times of crises.



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