The United Nations has called for a gender-conscious approach to the control of COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the role women play in the community place them at an increased risk of infection during a health crisis.
The UN made the call in a video posted on unwomen.org on Sunday, stressing that women and girls suffer more during health crisis when health services are overstretched.
According to the WHO, the COVID-19 pandemic has further contributed to increased risks of violence, particularly domestic violence, against women.
The UN stated further that women act as leaders in their communities and in providing frontline services during health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, which put them at some unique risks, adding that these challenges must be properly managed.
“Women play disproportionate roles in disease response.
“Their essential roles as health professionals, community volunteers and more place them at an increased risk of infection.
“Women will be hit harder by an economic fallout, as women work disproportionately in insecure labour.
“Lockdowns can prevent them from meeting their families’ business needs. During a health crisis, gender-based violence increases. Domestic violence and sexual exploitation tend to increase when households are placed under strain.
“When health services are overstretched, services for women and girls suffer. Essential resources may be diverted from pre- and postnatal health care and sexual and reproductive health services,” UN said.
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