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Review Article Volume 4 Issue 2

Pandemic and Gender: A Review of the Differential Impact of Covid-19 on Girls and Women

K Jafar*

Assistant Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India

*Corresponding Author: K Jafar, Assistant Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India.

Received: November 24, 2021; Published: January 21, 2022


  While disasters like epidemics affect almost all areas of human life, their differential impact on the vulnerable groups often exposes the structural inequalities in society. The evidence reported from different countries indicates that girls and women bear a disproportionate burden of the pandemic. At one level, they constitute the critical group leading the fight against the present pandemic on the ground but their under-representation in its global leadership and cost paid at individual and collective level remain as a concern. The present review highlights the differential impact of Covid-19 pandemic on women and girls in terms of their access to livelihoods, technology, education, healthcare, and dual burden (with additional care work) and incidence of gender-based violence reported in India and outside. They highlight the importance of addressing gender inequality and the inclusion of gender-sensitive strategies while managing a public health crisis.

KeywordsCovid-19; Differential Impact on Gender; Health Care; Violence


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Citation: K Jafar. “Pandemic and Gender: A Review of the Differential Impact of Covid-19 on Girls and Women". Acta Scientific Women's Health 4.2 (2022): 11-15.


Copyright: © 2022 K Jafar. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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