“The Impact of COVID19 on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”, Kari M. Osland, Maria Gilen Røysamb and Jenny Nortvedt (NUPI, Norway)

The year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meetings to mark these anniversaries have been put on hold. Although all regions are affected by COVID-19, the consequences are unevenly felt. Emerging research and lessons from previous pandemics indicate that women are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Generally speaking, times of crisis tend to reveal and reinforce socio-economic inequalities, reflecting the distribution of power in societies. Lack of resources generally impacts women more than men; during the current lockdown, reports of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence against women and girls, have spiked. The UN has recently announced that the COVID-19 crisis threatens ‘to push back the limited gains on gender equality and exacerbate the feminizing of poverty, vulnerability to violence, and women’s equal participation in the labour force’.

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