Addressing the gender dimensions of COVID-related school closures: COVID-19 Education Response Webinar

Evidence tells us that public health outbreaks have distinct gendered impacts, and that preparedness and response efforts must understand the gender dimensions of these crises to avert widening inequalities.

The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. COVID-related school closures across 188 countries have the potential to exacerbate existing gender inequalities in education or create new ones unless measures are taken to understand and address the gender dimensions.

The COVID crisis has shed light on particular and existing challenges still facing girls and boys. While swift measures are needed now, the situation can also prove to be a window of opportunity to better target actions in our path to advance the 2030 Agenda, and in particular Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5 on inclusive quality education and lifelong learning and gender equality and our collective aim to leave no one behind.

This report presents the main ideas and key results of the webinar.


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