In the first week of its national lock-down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Police in South Africa reported that they had received 87000 reported cases of domestic violence, – representing a 37 % increase in the weekly average compared to the previous year. It is a similar story in many other countries as the forced confinement measures have been accompanied by a significant rise in gender-based violence across the continent. Furthermore, women typically make up the majority of the informal sector in most African economies and are consequently among the most vulnerable demographic groups suffering the adverse impact of the pandemic.
This webinar discusses gender implications of Africa’s COVID19 response and highlight gender-related gaps, risks, and threats observed in the ongoing response measures, and to propose innovative approaches and
solutions that can be introduced and implemented in response by government, policy makers, private sector as well as civil society organizations.
Moderator: Mr Kyeretwie Osei
Her Excellency Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security
Amel Hamza, Manager, Gender and Women Empowerment Division at the AfDB
Victoria Maloka, acting Director of the Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD)