COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker
The COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker monitors responses taken by governments worldwide to tackle the pandemic, and highlights those that have integrated a gender lens. It captures two types of government responses: women’s participation in COVID-19 task forces and national policy measures taken by governments. It analyzes which of the policy measures address women’s economic and social security, including unpaid care work, the labour market and violence against women. The Tracker can provide guidance for policymakers and evidence for advocates to ensure a gender-sensitive COVID-19 policy response.
Explore the UNDP-UN Women report, Government Responses to COVID-19: Lessons on gender equality for a world in turmoil, which provides insights from the Tracker’s nearly 5,000 policy measures adopted by 226 countries and territories. Read the report.
Find more global and regional highlights from the Gender Tracker in these factsheets.
UNDP and UN Women have also partnered with OECD to develop the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker with a Green Lens, which examines pandemic response measures that are green and gender-sensitive. Explore the insights in the dashboard below.
Learn about the methodology here
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The Research Team
The tracker is coordinated by UNDP with substantive leadership and technical contributions from UN Women. It is co-created by both entities and based on publicly available information, including media coverage, official documents, and other COVID-19 policy trackers. In some cases, information on measures was provided by UNDP and UN Women country offices. The Green Lens of the tracker is supported through collaboration with OECD. Additional research is conducted by our valuable team of UN Online Volunteers. The methodological guidelines for data collection on COVID-19 Task Forces were established by Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at the University of Pittsburgh, through their ongoing partnership with UNDP on Gender Equality in Public Administration. The task force data were compiled by GIRL and UN Online Volunteers, with coordination by the Tracker team, and validated by UNDP/UN Women with the support of country offices.
Questions and Answers
For the purpose of the tracker, gender-sensitive measures are defined as those that seek to directly address gendered risks and challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis. These risks include: (i) violence against women and girls, (ii) women’s economic security, and (iii) unpaid care work.
- Measures to tackle violence against women are gender-sensitive by default.
- Gender-sensitive measures that support women’s economic security include: (a) social protection measures that target women or prioritize them as the main recipients of benefits; (b) labour market measures aimed at improving women’s access to paid work and trainings; and (c) fiscal and economic measures that channel support to female dominated sectors of the economy.
- Gender-sensitive measures that address unpaid care include: (a) social protection measures that support women and men with care responsibilities or improve services for populations with care needs; and (b) labour market measures that help female and male workers with care responsibilities to cope with the rising demand for unpaid care.
Further details are available in the methodological note here.
The COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker with a Green Lens adapts the methodology from the OECD Green Recovery Database to define “green” or environmentally positive measures. Green measures those that were designed to target a range of environmental issues, such as air and water pollution, biodiversity, or waste and recycling management, and are likely to have a positive environmental impact. Also coded as “green” are measures which promote climate change adaptation and mitigation through investment in green technologies, support to disaster risk management and recovery, and other sustainability initiatives. See the methodological note for more details.
A COVID-19 task force is any institution (temporary or permanent) that was created by the national government to lead the response to the pandemic across any sector of public life (e.g. public health, economic recovery, enforcement). National bodies that existed prior to COVID-19 but are leading national response efforts are not included in this analysis. International or subnational task forces are also excluded. Further details can be found in the methodological note.
Use the country search function in the policy details section of the dashboard to identify policies in specific countries or territories. If policy measures or COVID-19 task forces for your country are missing, it means that the tracker has not identified such information based on publicly available sources. If you have this information, you are welcome to send it to email@example.com.
How can the data provided in the tracker contribute to a more gender-sensitive or green crisis response and recovery?
The tracker provides concrete data that identifies clear policy gaps in the global response to COVID-19, showing the weak policy response to women’s economic security and unpaid care and how climate and environmental action have often taken a backseat in policy making during the public health crisis. This suggests that countries need to take firm action in social protection, labour market and economic policies to fulfil women’s needs and rights, while keeping climate and environmental goals at the centre of emergency policy response The tracker also offers a wealth of good practices and country examples of what has been done to address gender-differentiated risks and environmental and climate priorities duringCOVID-19 response and recovery. This provides a resource for policy learning and innovation for how countries can build forward better prioritizing gender equality and the environment in their emergency response and recovery efforts.
Does the tracker provide information on initiatives conducted by UN agencies, civil society and other organizations?
The tracker focuses on responses that are taken by governments and doesn’t aim to cover initiatives implemented by other stakeholders including UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. Nonetheless, measures that have been supported by the UN or other organizations are included in the tracker as long as they have been led by governments.
Do you have data on gender-sensitive measures for countries in fragile and conflict-affected settings?
The tracker classifies countries based on fragility status and includes relevant data where available. You can find disaggregated information on policy measures in countries in fragile and conflict-affected settings using the filters at the top of the dashboard.
Are there markers that track sexual and gender-based violence and other forms of violence and economic deprivation of LGBTIQ people?
While the tracker focuses on measures targeting women and girls, it often captures measures that also target LGBTIQ people and other underserved populations. To find these polices, conduct a keyword search in the policy details section of the dashboard.
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