March felt more like global disaster month than Women’s History Month, with COVID-19 consistently dominating the headlines.
Yet in the midst of the critical pandemic response, we can’t lose sight of how gender is shaping key global trends—and how supposedly “gender-blind” policy responses miss a critical piece of the puzzle.
Frustrated global health experts point out that “policies and public health efforts have not addressed the gendered impacts of disease outbreaks”—noting that there is no gender analysis of COVID-19.
However, understanding how disease outbreaks affect women differently than men is critical to creating equitable and effective policy responses.
1. Political violence targeting women is on the rise.
Early 2019 saw a startling rise in political violence targeting women around the world, according to new data from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).
ACLED found that there were twice as many violent events targeting women worldwide in the first quarter of 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018.
Misogyny-inspired terrorist violence is another trend to watch here. Incel (“involuntary celibates”) ideology, which is organized around the idea that young men should have sexual control and power over women’s bodies, has become a potent motivator for violence.
Click here to read the full article published by Ms Magazine on 4 April 2020.