Most countries failing women and girls with Covid response, UN finds

Most countries failing women and girls with Covid response, UN finds

  • Global gender tracker assesses how governments address violence, strengthen women’s economic security and support unpaid caring

Most countries are failing to adequately protect women and girls during the fallout from Covid-19, according to a new UN database that tracks government responses to the pandemic.

The global gender tracker has looked at how 206 countries and territories address violence against women and girls, support unpaid care workers and strengthen women’s economic security.

Forty-two countries had no policies to support women in any of these areas. Only 25 had introduced some measures in all three categories.

The UK had introduced measures to support women facing violence and their unpaid care work, but had not targeted efforts to support women economically in its response plans.

Domestic violence cases have surged during the pandemic and the data said 135 countries had put in place measures to prevent and respond to gender-based violence cases, such as running helplines and shelters.