Policy in Focus: Gender & COVID-19

Policy in Focus: Gender and COVID-19 presents key media reports, blog posts and expert opinions on current policy issues. Focusing on the gendered impacts of COVID-19, the collection provides in depth analysis and key findings by Monash University's expert researchers and brings together key work produced by Monash Gender, Peace and Security CentreMonash Gender and Family Violence Prevention  CentreThe Centre for Global and Women’s Health, and The XYX Lab.

In local streets, parks, squares and walkways across Australia we saw a marked increase in the numbers of people walking and cycling under COVID-19 restrictions that allowed people to leave their homes for exercise. Coupled with the big drop in car traffic, these public spaces may have felt like they had never been safer.

But are these spaces safer for women? And how will we measure women’s perceptions of safety in a (post-)COVID world?

What does the ‘new normal’ look like for women’s safety in cities?

Nicole Kalms
| XYX Lab | The Conversation

As the COVID-19 pandemic charts its savage path around the world, it is predicted that millions have lost or will loose their income. Governments have announced various financial relief packages, including short-term debt moratoriums for the vulnerable. However, at the time of writing, there is a noticeable absence of widespread debt relief for a sector that is often characterized by its over-indebtedness: microfinance...In 2018, globally, there were approximately 139.9 borrowers with an estimated credit portfolio of US$124.1 billion. Of this, 80 percent of the borrowers were women. 

Samanthi Gunawardana |  Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre | Progress in  Political Economy


Why gender matters in the impact and recovery from Covid-19

Sara E Davies, Sophie Harman, Jacqui True and Clare Wenham | Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre | The Interpreter

The pandemic conditions have also made providing support to victims more difficult and more complex. The lack of face-to-face services and the constant presence of perpetrators in victims’ homes limits workers’ ability to respond to violence. As one practitioner explained, "You can’t see the hole in the wall, the bruise on her jaw, the fear in the kid’s eyes when dad’s name is mentioned."

Naomi Pfitzner, Jacqui True, Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Silke Meyer

‘We are in a bubble that is set to burst’. Why urgent support must be given to domestic violence workers 
Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre | The Conversation

A public health approach has been essential in trying to contain COVID-19 and a public mental health approach, that includes strategies for the whole population, and specific strategies for more vulnerable groups, is needed for recovery.

Jane Fisher | Centre for Global and Women's Health | Lens

Mental health and the coronavirus: How COVID-19 is affecting us

News reports suggest women globally are rethinking their plans for a pregnancy because of the pandemic and its many implications. So how safe is it to try for a baby at the moment? And what are some of the things you should consider?

Karin Hammarberg | Centre for Global and Women's Health | The Age

Pregnancy during COVID-19: What to consider