Category: Thematic Response Plans

Category: Thematic Response Plans

Feminist Response to COVID-19

As COVID-19 pandemic continue to ravage from all spheres, Feminist organizations and activists working across global movements centered on human rights, sustainable development, and economic and social justice came together in a moment of collective organizing to outline key principles for a just and resilient recovery from the ongoing global pandemic, as well as to track responses and uplift collective action of feminists around the world. “Another World is Possible: A Feminist Monitoring & Advocacy Toolkit for Our Feminist Future” translates Feminist Response to COVID-19 Principles into guidance and evidence-based recommendations for advocacy and policymaking towards a world free from violence, where human rights and gender equality are fulfilled, and where the health and well-being of all peoples’ and the planet are ensured.

Click here to access Feminist Response to COVID-19 website.

Gender Data Series

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls

The COVID-19 outbreak has uncovered pressure points impacting women and girls across an array of key issues including rise of gender-based violence and inequality, increased risks faced by female health workers on the frontline of the fight, and limited access to sexual and reproductive health services.

This series, produced in partnership with Devex, Facebook and WFP, is designed to create a better understanding of the gender-related issues highlighted by the current pandemic and to share important lessons learned about how data can help inform better responses to the current crisis. Read More

Rebuilding for Good

Actions needed from governments to support & sustain civil society

The COVID-19 pandemic has had extraordinary economic, social and political impacts. We need recovery plans to expand rights, make economies fairer, level up inequalities, reverse the climate crisis and build workable international institutions. Civil society – which includes the full spectrum of civic groups including NGOs, charities, voluntary groups, trusts, foundations and associations, trade unions, social enterprises, care providers and welfare agencies – must be seen as a vital force in bringing the world out of the crisis in a way that marks a break from the economic, political and social policies that were already failing so many. This is the time when governments need to act on international obligations and invest in a sustained civic effort for reconstruction. 

This document serves as a practical guide for actions that governments can and should be taking to sustain and strengthen civil society as part of COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding efforts. It draws on evidence of initiatives that have been introduced across the world and offers further suggestions to bolster these efforts based on insights provided by civil society networks in 80+ countries, including assessments undertaken by the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA), the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and CIVICUS. For policy makers and government agencies, we trust that this resource will serve as an invitation to review and enhance measures for civil society. For civil society groups, we anticipate that this will strengthen efforts to secure the supportive measures we need across countries.

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COVID-19 Statement by Feminists and Women’s Rights Organizations

FEMNET joined more than 1,600 individuals and women’s networks and organizations globally, from more than 100 countries, who endorsed the statement to demand States to adopt a feminist policy to address the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that is consistent with human rights standards and principles. This initiative was initiated by women from the Global South and from marginalized communities in the Global North and was coordinated by the Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR).

Statement of Feminists and Women’s Rights Organizations from the Global South and from marginalized communities in the Global North

We, the undersigned networks, organizations and individuals committed to feminist principles and women’s human rights, call on governments to recall and act in accordance with human rights standards in their response to COVID-19[1] and uphold the principles of equality and non-discrimination, centering the most marginalized people, including but not limited to women, children, elderly, people with disabilities, people with compromised health, rural people, unhoused people, institutionalized people, LGBT+ people, refugees, migrants, indigenous peoples, stateless people, human rights defenders, and people in conflict and war zones. Feminist policy recognizes and prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Beyond the response to this pandemic, it is necessary for the development of peaceful, inclusive and prosperous communities within human rights-driven states.

It is critical that governments utilize a human rights and intersectional based approach to ensure that everyone has access to necessary information, support systems and resources during the current crisis. We have recognized nine key areas of focus to be considered in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. They are listed below with brief descriptions of potential challenges and recommendations that consider the lived experiences of people in vulnerable position — especially women and girls that endure a disproportionate impact due to their sex, gender, and sexual orientation — and steer policymakers toward solutions that do not exacerbate their vulnerabilities or magnify existing inequality and ensure their human rights.

These guidelines are not a replacement for the engagement of women and girls and other marginalized communities in decision-making, but a rationale for consultation and diversity in leadership.

The following are the Key Focus Areas for a Feminist Policy on COVID-19:-

  • Food security
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Social inequality
  • Water and sanitation
  • Economic inequality
  • Violence against women, domestic violence/Intimate partner violence
  • Access to information
  • Abuse of power

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