Rapid gender assessment of the situation and needs of women in the context of COVID-19 in Ukraine

Global studies conducted by the United Nations on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and its impact on women, have shown that the pandemic “is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.”

The Rapid Gender Assessment (RGA) of COVID-19 implications in Ukraine, conducted between 21 March and 12 April 2020 with the support of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), provides gender-sensitive data on the differentiated needs of women and men and the impact of COVID-19 on the life of women in Ukraine, in particular those who represent vulnerable groups and face multiple discrimination.

The aim of the RGA is to provide evidence and recommendations to national, regional and local stakeholders in formulating gender-sensitive policies and actions to further contain the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and enable equal participation of women and men in the response and recovery phases.

The RGA was conducted in an extremely short time frame through effective partnership with and input to data collection from many representatives of women’s civil society organizations, pilot regional state administrations and local self-government bodies, development partners and civic activists. The results of the RGA were shared for consultation with the Validation Group, consisting of representatives of the national gender mechanism, the National Parliament, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, national academic institutions, women’s NGOs, UN Thematic Groups and donors.