9 June 2021


New brochure sheds light on how women and girls are affected disproportionately by the pandemic's social and economic effects.

All around the world, the Covid-19 Pandemic has affected global markets and disrupted supply chains. Well into 2021, it continues to strain health systems and expand socio-economic divides due to job loss and loss of livelihood. As the global economy is expected to shrink, the number of people living in extreme poverty is expected to rise by 96 million in 2021.

Unfortunately, the impacts of a crisis are never gender neutral. Women and girls are affected disproportionately by the pandemics social and economic effects. Specifically, Covid-19 is exacerbating pre-existing power hierarchies and inequalities and revealing vulnerabilities in economic, social and political systems that are deepening the impact of the pandemic. Measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are expected to have profound ripple effects on women’s employment, livelihood and health as well as girls’ access to education – particularly in developing economies.

New brochure on gendered impacts of Covid-19

The Danish Family Planning Association and IFU have developed this brochure to shed light on a number of the implications of Covid-19 with regard to the private sector, including the gendered implications hereof.

The brochure aims to raise awareness of Investment Professionals and private sector stakeholders about labour-related issues and gender vulnerabilities in relation to modern slavery, vulnerable groups, sexual harassment and gender-based violence, women’s health and unpaid care work, water, sanitation and hygiene and more.