Policy Brief The Impact of COVID-19 on Women
United Nations. (2020). Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women.
This document discusses the “shadow pandemic” of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting women and girls. Quarantine orders forced women and girls to be trapped at home with their abusers, leading to a spike in domestic violence; loss of employment and health insurance kept women from accessing care; and healthcare professionals and support staff in medical facilities are predominantly women, putting them at greater risk of direct exposure to infection.