COVID-19: A Gender Lens

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Key messages on protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promoting gender equality, e.g. pandemics worsen existing inequalities for women and girls. Other key messages: in times of crisis, women and girls may be at higher risk of intimate partner violence; provision of family planning services may be impacted as supply chains undergo stress from pandemic response; provision of mental health services and psychosocial support is a critical part of the response; all health workers must have personal protective equipment, etc.