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Gendering COVID-19

Situating the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and supporting women peacebuilders responding to the pandemic

The Women, Peace and Security community has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic though research, commentary, analysis and advocacy calling on governments and policy makers to make gender responsive decisions in their response efforts and to acknowledge and respond to the gendered nature of pandemics.

Organisations and individuals globally have been quick to put together lists of resources, articles and upcoming events from the community. We would like to share the work the centre is doing to support the WPS community, women peacebuilders and advocates in their work, our work to bring an intersection of voices to the dialogue around the pandemic, and situate the importance of evidence-based research in decision-making processes.

Up-coming events 



Event recordings and podcasts 


Hub Corona 130 x 130

“Waging war” against “a little flu” – Masculinities & COVID-19 - 30th July, 14:00 - 15:00 (BST)

This event will explore how individual and institutional responses to the pandemic have at times been shaped by stereotypically ‘masculine’ ideas of what catastrophes look like and how they need to be managed. We will consider if and how these responses have fallen short of recognising the reality of pandemics and understanding what is needed for communities to cope

Monash 130 x 130

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

Though focus is often placed on the government response to COVID19, the pandemic has also allowed for violent extremist groups to both leverage and capitalise off the effects of COVID-19 which impacts both women and men differently.

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Prio 130 x 130

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the time of COVID-19: A hidden pandemic?

Looking at the ways the global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) from the perspectives of policy making, advocacy and practice. 

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Ceasefire 130 x 130

Olive Branch or Fig Leaf? The Risks and Opportunities of the Global Ceasefire Call in the Time of Corona 

This event asks key questions from are the ceasefires taking place and holding? If there is a shift towards political solutions and local conditions, is this not the key opportunity for the full participation of women peacebuilders?

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COVID 130 x 130

The COVID-19 Crisis Response: Putting Women at the Centre 

Perhaps more than previous epidemics, COVID-19 has demonstrated that whilst outbreaks can affect anyone, women are often differentially affected – within the home, within the economy and within policy space. This seminar considers the role of women in leadership and the impact of COVID-19 on women.

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COVID-19 130 x 130

COVID-19: A Gender Perspective on the Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Leading experts dicuss the urgent need for a gender-responsive approach to mitigating COVID-19 and global strategies for effectively addressing the pandemic's impact.

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Gendering COVID-19 blog series

The Centre's Gendering COVID-19 blog series brings expert local knowledge and evidence-based research together, looking at how women peacebuilders are responding to the crisis, situating the Women, Peace and Security agenda and bringing together an intersection of voices in response to the pandemic. 

Our blogs so far have looked at the effects of COVID-19 on women in conflict settings, the implications and opportunities for the women, peace and security agenda, the harms of militarised rhetoric and how we can guarantee human rights during the pandemic. 

Read the full Gendering COVID-19 series here.


The Women, Peace and Security community has been quick to respond to the need for a gendered response to the pandemic. Organisations and individuals have put together lists of resources, articles and upcoming events from the WPS community.

We have listed a few of these resources here, and we hope you find them useful in bringing a gendered-lens to the pandemic, in holding governments to account and in offering support to those who need it most. 

The issues that are so often called for by the WPS community are profoundly relevant to this pandemic

Centre Director, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE