The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, unprecedented in modern history, which has affected and will affect everyone all over the world in different ways, depending on many factors, including but not limited to, race, gender, social status, geography, and so on.
The consequences of this crisis will have differentiated effects on women, and long-lasting effects on society.
This crisis serves as an unfortunate example of the fault lines that WILPF has been exposing throughout our history.
On this page, we are gathering all what we said and done related to the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.
A WILPF Guide to Documenting and Analysing Responses to COVID-19
This is a guide on how we can document and analyse the underlying causes of the challenges our communities face in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It highlights key aspects of the responses we need to be paying attention to: inequalities, community need and public interest, economic consequences and bail-out programmes, disaster capitalism, violence, militarisation and repression, and acts of solidarity.
Briefing Paper: A Practical Approach to Prevent, Address and Document Domestic Violence under COVID-19
From Global Coordination to Local Strategies : A Practical Approach to Prevent, Address and Document Domestic Violence under COVID-19
This briefing paper analyses successful interventions to make key recommendations for grassroots organisations working on the frontlines of gender and the COVID-19 crisis, as well as policy recommendations for the international community.
The first part of this briefing paper gives programmatic recommendations for local and national organisations to prevent, address, and document domestic violence.
The second part sets out key recommendations for governments, UN Agencies, and international organisations, in aspects of funding, policy-making, and resource distribution amongst other things.
The paper is developed by MADRE, Media Matters for Women, MenEngage Alliance, Nobel Women’s Initiative, OutRight Action International, Women Enabled International, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
Download the PDF version of the briefing paper Briefing Paper: A Practical Approach to Prevent, Address and Document Domestic Violence under COVID-19
HRC Informal Conversation with Bachelet: Joint NGO Statement on the UN Response to COVID-19
9 April 2020
On 9 April 2020, the Human Rights Council held an informal virtual briefing with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the HRC’s first ever informal virtual meeting.
On that occasion, WILPF contributed to and joined the following statement delivered by the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) — on behalf of 85 NGOs — on what the UN should do to protect human rights during the pandemic.
Download the PDF version of the Joint NGO statement on the United Nations’ COVID-19 response.
HRC44: Statement on COVID-19 and Women’s Rights
14 July 2020
On 14 July 2020, WILPF made a statement in the Panel discussion on COVID-19 and Women’s Rights held during the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC44). In this statement, we outlined our demands for an alternative to the unjust economic system in which both the environmental crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have their roots.
Download the PDF version of the WILPF’s Statement to the HRC44 on COVID-19 and Women’s Rights.
Watch Melissa Torres, WILPF Vice President, deliver a shorter version of this Statement the HRC44 Panel discussion.(Speakers could only speak for two minutes).
See also the full recording of the HRC Panel Discussion on COVID-19 & Women’s Rights.