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COVID-19 crisis in the MENA region: impact on gender equality and policy responses

02.12.2020 / Created by (EMWF)

Like women all around the globe, MENA women are at the frontline of the COVID-19 response and also suffer from expanding unpaid care burdens and gender-based violence. However, region-specific restrictive social norms and legal frameworks exacerbate the obstacles faced by women in the MENA region. This brief takes stock of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender equality in the region and highlights gender-sensitive measures and initiatives taken by governments, the private sector and civil society to mitigate the impact of the crisis on women. It asserts that the COVID-19 crisis is a watershed moment for gender equality in the MENA region and an opportunity to rethink women’s role in the economy and society. The region’s long-term recovery will depend on its ability to fully leverage the potential of both its men and women.


  • Type of publication : Thematic report
  • Author : OCDE
  • Co-editor : OECD
  • Publishing house : The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Publication date : 2020
  • Number of pages : 38
  • Language : English


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