COVID-19 and Women, Peace and Security Database
At the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), we believe that despite the unprecedented challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created, it is an opportunity to build more just, peaceful and equitable societies.
To achieve this, it is necessary to adopt gender- and conflict-sensitive COVID-19 responses and recovery measures, which are based on reliable data and information on the gendered impact of the pandemic, including the information coming from local women peacebuilders and civil society. This is why we developed a global database on COVID-19 and Women, Peace and Security.
The primary objective of this database is to encourage and inform the development and implementation of gender- and conflict-sensitive COVID-19 response and recovery strategies. We do this by documenting the leadership of local women peacebuilders in addressing the pandemic, and by providing concrete data and evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on women, and on peace and security. The information in the database is therefore grouped into five main categories: (1) Impact on women and gender equality; (2) Impact on women's rights and peacebuilding organizations; (3) Impact on peace and security; (4) Women-led responses: Humanitarian action; and (5) Women-led responses: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
The primary source of information for this database are women and youth peacebuilders working at local, national, regional and global levels. Each entry is based on their insights, which our team analysed and supplemented with information from other existing reports and resources. We invite you to help us expand the database, by adding your perspectives and expertise!
The information in this database is meant to be used by local, national, regional and global decision-makers, civil society, media and academics in their analysis, action and decision-making to address COVID-19 and its long-term impacts. The database is published under Creative Commons license 4.0, and we welcome you to use and reproduce its contents, while acknowledging GNWP’s authorship.
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Explore the categories of impacts and responses:
Impact on women and women's rights
Impact on women's rights and peacebuilding organizations
Impact on peace and security
Women-led responses: Humanitarian action
Women-led responses: Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
Explore country updates:
Through the eyes of women peacebuilders:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed or even set back the struggle for gender equality in the DRC. Protection measures imposed, including lockdowns, resulted in a new way of life which has generated many forms of violence and inequality for which women and girls pay a heavy price.” – Hero Women Rising / Maman Shujaa, Democratic Republic of Congo
“We urge governments and development partners to list GBV support services as essential and provide resources for public services and nonprofits, especially women’s rights organizations providing GBV support, including shelters, referral services, and legal aid.” – Pathways for Women’s Empowerment and Development (PaWED), Cameroon
“State and non-state actors must implement transformative strategies that are people-oriented and focused on addressing the root causes of gender-based violence. There must be efforts to improve the security of women and girls by enacting laws as a part of the national response that support victims and survivors of gender-based violence.” – West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Nigeria
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Suggested citation: Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (2020). “Mapping the Impact of COVID-19 on Women, Peace and Security. COVID-19 and WPS Database". Available at: gnwp.org/resources/covid-19-wps-database/