COVID-19 and gender equality

In the light of the COVID-19 crisis, this page provides an overview of publications about the gendered aspects of the pandemic and how media can cover it in a gender-sensitive way.

Last updated on November 12.


  • Violentadas en Cuarentena (Violated in Quarantine) features reporting by 30 journalists in 19 Latin American countries about violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Women journalists are suffering greater stress due to COVID-19: A study by IFJ shows that two thirds of women journalists, as opposed to half of men, have experienced increased anxiety and stress due to the pandemic. At the same time it shows that women tend to be equally or less impacted by the pandemic when it comes to for example loss of revenue and jobs, lack of equipment and difficulties in finding independent sources.
  • Call for a feminist covid-19 policy: a statement endorsed by nearly 1300 individuals and women’s networks and organisations globally, from more than 100 countries, 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. It outlines a number of key focus areas, including access to information.
  • COVID-19: Guidelines to Report Safely by The Coalition for Women in Journalism provides guidelines on how to safely report on COVID-19 as well as a map of women journalists reporting on the crisis around the world.
  • Coronavirus puts women in the frontline by EIGE gives an overview of the gendered aspects of the COVID-19 crisis, March 25, 2020. EIGE also has a webpage that aims to raise awareness about some of the gendered impacts that Covid-19 is having on our society.

For more tips, go to our post on Safe and responsible reporting on COVID-19, or to our page on gender-sensitive reporting in the Gender & Media Resource Guide.