Gender Equality


Across every sphere — from health to the economy, security to social protection — the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are disproportionately affecting women. The UN Secretary-General alerted the world that the crisis could even reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights in the past decades; however, the current crisis could also provide a rare chance to disrupt gender stereotypes, show that leadership and decision-making should be shared responsibilities and build back better and more gender-inclusive world.





  • Raising awareness and support for domestic violence victims: Natura & Co. created a global campaign called #IsolatedNotAlone to raise awareness of the domestic abuse crisis exacerbated by isolation during COVID-19.
  • Leveraging positions within sectors: Consum supermarkets posted domestic violence hotline numbers across its stores and set up a safe word for victims to covertly ask for help.
  • Using philanthropic efforts to support women and girls: In its response work, CARE International has considered the unique challenges faced by women and girls – such as the burden of caring for the sick and out-of-school children and susceptibility to the economic impact of COVID-19.
  • Offering support for victims of increased domestic violence: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield turned retail stores to domestic violence shelters at this time.
  • Raising money to keep girls and young women safe: Plan International is committed to raising 100 million euros to protect women and girls facing violence, school drop-outs and poverty.
  • Supporting women-owned businesses: SheaMoisture, a Unilever brand, created a relief fund to assist women of color entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19.
  • Ensuring access to education during quarantines: Infosys launched “Summer of Ideas” online learning initiative to encourage girls to continue with their education at this unsure time.
  • resources: Kering launched the #YouAreNotAlone awareness campaign to provide information and resources for women who are victims of domestic violence.


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