COVID-19, infrastructure and women

COVID-19, infrastructure and women

Michaela Bergman, Irish Fe Aguilar and Elena Nikolova, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), 20 May 2020

As we have seen, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are not gender-neutral, with the majority of frontline health and care workers being women and the increase in gender-based violence. In fact, the experience from other crises in the late 2000s—such as the Great Recession and Ebola—shows that gender inequalities widen during periods of economic turmoil.1 Policymakers have identified a range of important short-term and long-term solutions.2 While governments are rightly focused on short-term survival, it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture, and the policies that can sustain health security in the longer term. More precisely, in this note, we want to highlight the linkages between infrastructure, health security and gender equality.

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