Gendered Impacts of COVID-19

Policy Insights

The Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 collection brings a gender lens to discussions around the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery. Drawing upon the expertise and research from four centres across Monash University, this collection provides gender-sensitive analysis on peace and security, humanitarian settings and women’s rights, gender-based violence, the economy, caring and social reproduction responsibilities, and health and well-being.

While the restrictions of COVID-19 are exacerbating issues of gendered violence and gender equality, we see an opportunity to create change for the better. Increased funding for domestic violence response, the ability to quickly adapt and innovate service provision, and the sustained media coverage and awareness of this violence in Australia during the COVID-19 are indicators of recognition of the scale of the problem and the potential to eliminate or at least significantly reduce violence against women... Now, more than ever, research is needed to support women and children experiencing violence, and the practitioners working to support them and secure their safety.

The 'Shadow Pandemic' of COVID-19: Editorial by Jacqui True and Kate Fitz-Gibbon

Learn more about Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 on the Better Governance & Policy website.

Research Briefs and Reports

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Mapping the Impact of COVID-19 on WPS Practitioners in the Indo-Pacific Region. Monash GPS Centre, May 2020.

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Mapping the Impact of COVID-19 in the Indo-Pacific Region: WPS practitioners view. Monash GPS Centre, September 2020.

report coverNaomi Pfitzner, Kate Fitz-Gibbon & Jacqui True. Responding to the 'Shadow Pandemic'. Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, May 2020.

OHCHR submission cover page Kate Fitz-Gibbon et al. Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. 'COVID-19 and the increase of domestic violence against women'. Submitted 30 June 2020.


Online Seminars

COVID-19 and Violent Extremism: Gender Perspectives (3 June 2020)

Dr Fatima Akilu, Professor Mia Bloom, Dr Noor Huda Ismail, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE, Dr Cathrine Thorleifsson and Dr Alexandra Phelan (Chair)

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented crisis internationally. Though focus is often placed on government responses, the pandemic has also allowed for violent extremist groups to both leverage and capitalise on the effects of COVID-19, impacting women and men differently. We have seen VE organisations respond to the virus by ramping up online propaganda messages, spreading conspiracies and engaging in misinformation campaigns. These organisations seek to foster perceptions of inefficiency and mistrust in government. In some countries, non-state armed groups have adopted state-like functions by providing social welfare services and enforcing local lockdowns vis-à-vis the state. This event will bring together international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted on gender dynamics in violent groups around the world. It is part of a series co-hosted with: Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Securitythe LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security and the Women, Peace and Security Institute in the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.