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Covid-19 Articles and Resources

In addition to our rolling blog on our work to keep women's equality at the heart of policy-making during the pandemic, we've collated some useful articles and resources covering various aspects of equality and Covid-19 on the page below.


A list of resources available to women experiencing abuse is available here from The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre.

Citizens Advice Scotland have a range of support on employment, debt, and housing issues here.

The STUC have advice for workers (both unionised and non-unionised) here.


Scottish Women's Aid: New housing guidance launched on domestic abuse and COVID-19 // WRDA: Women’s Policy Group NI Statement on the gendered impact of Covid-19 (WRDA) // FAR: Call for a feminist Covid-19 policy (Feminist Alliance for Rights) // CPAG: Supporting families during the Covid-19 pandemic (Child Poverty Action Group) // CFFP:Feminist resources on the pandemic (Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy) // EDF: Covid-19 Resources (European Disability Forum) // EWL: Putting equality between women and men at the heart of the response to Covid-19 across Europe (European Women’s Lobby) // Gender and Covid-19 Working Group: Covid-19: the gendered impacts of the outbreak (The Lancet) // ONS: Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain data (Office for National Statistics) // RCM: Coronavirus (Covid-19) (Royal College of Midwives) // Merris Amos: Human Rights Law and the Covid-19 Pandemic in the United Kingdom Part 1 (SSRN) // Merris Amos: Human Rights Law and the Covid-19 Pandemic in the United Kingdom Part 2 (SSRN) // IFS: Trying times: how might the lockdown change time use in families? (Institute for Fiscal Studies) // EIGE: Covid-19 and gender equality (European Institute for Gender Equality) // Online and ICT facilitated violence against women and girls during Covid-19 (UN Women) // Sulzhan Bali, Roopa Dhatt, Arush Lal, Amina Jama, Kim Van Daalen, Devi Sridhar: Off the back burner: diverse and gender-inclusive decision-making for Covid-19 response and recovery (Gender & Covid-19 Working Group) // Kate Bahn & Jennifer Cohen: A feminist perspective on Covid-19 and the value of care work globally (Gender, Work & Organization) // Policy Note: Gender dimensions of the Covid-19 pandemic (World Bank Group) // PFS: Easy Read Social Care Support and Coronavirus: How is support changing? (People First Scotland) // PFS: Easy Read What is Furlough? (People First Scotland) // Eleanor Lisney, Naomi Jacobs, Lani Parker, Fleur Perry, Emma Vogelmann: The impact of Covid-19 on disabled women (Sisters of Frida) // Coronavirus (Covid-19) Supplementary National Violence Against Women Guidance Executive Summary (COSLA) // Coronavirus (Covid-19) Supplementary National Violence Against Women Guidance (COSLA)


[CN = A content note on this article, e.g. 'CN: sexual assault' where it is not obvious from the title of the piece]

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Faye Macheke, Felogene Anumo, Ledys Sanjuan Mejia and Margarita Salas: Feminist experiences of organising politically across virtual worlds (Awid) // Arwa Mahdawi: The secret weapon in the fight against coronavirus? Women (Guardian) // Shaun Walker: Concerns over Polish Government tightening abortion laws during Covid-19 crisis (Guardian) // Sarah Butler: Coronavirus lockdown to to hit low-paid, young and women hardest, warns IFS (Guardian) // Georgia Aspinall: Abortion pills will now be posted to women in Northern Ireland after 'shameful political gameplay' (Grazia) Finding a way through (Rape Crisis Scotland) // [CN: domestic abuse & violence against women] Charlie Webster: Coronavirus lockdown is not causing the surge in domestic abuse - it's just a distraction (The Telegraph) // Train companies offer free travel for people escaping domestic abuse during lockdown (ITV) // Nadine White: How racism and inequality have left minorities most at risk from Covid-19 (HuffPost UK) // Chloe I. Cooney: The parents are not all right (Medium) // Bina Agarwal: Covid-19 and lockwdowns: Are women more affected? (UNU-WIDER) // Emily Woods: Getting to know the front line: Food delivery rider Alice (Holyrood) // Lauren Geall: Women in England will be able to take abortion pills at home during the coronavirus outbreak (Stylist) // Dr Kevin Guyan: An equality impact assessment of COVID-19 in the UK (Medium) // Shannon O'Connell: Breaking down gendered power norms during the pandemic and beyond (Global Policy) // Polly Winn: 'This crisis reveals the deep and entrenched inequality in our economy and society' (Business Live) // Tim Hume: France is putting domestic abuse victims in hotels during coronavirus lockdown (Vice) // Azeezat Johnson: COVID-19 and cancer: following Audre Lorde (Feminist Review) // Online reading to keep you company through isolation (Glasgow Women's Library) // Karin Goodwin: We need new ways to protect women from violence during pandemic (The National) // Vicky Spratt: From abortion to domestic violence: How the coronavirus crisis hits women hardest (Refinery 29) // Paying attention to women's needs and leadership will strengthen Covid-19 response (UN Women) // Erin Loos Cutraro: There's a glaring blindspot in our society's coronavirus response (Thrive Global) // Lauren Rankin: Thanks to coronavirus, abortion clinics are under attack - again (Bitch Media) // Leila Billing: What does feminist leadership look like during a pandemic? (Medium) // Amna Saleem: Corner Shop (Bella Caledonia) // Eve Livingston: Will it take a global pandemic to recognise the value of women's work? (Herald Scotland) // Laura Hurley: How will the coronavirus affect access to safe abortion? (Medium) // Brooke Knisley: Immunocompromised teachers are on the frontlines of coronavirus (Bitch Media) // Julia Smith: Gender and the coronavirus outbreak (Think Global Health) //Zoe Williams: School closures will lay bare the private struggles so many of us endure (Guardian) // Emily Woods: When staying home is unsafe: domestic abuse in lockdown (Holyrood) // Kirsteen Paterson: Councils say Home Office ‘undermining’ pandemic response (The National) // The impact of Covid-19 on women (WRDA) // Natalie Cleveland: An intersectional approach to a pandemic? Gender data, disaggregation, and Covid-19 (data 2x) // Craig Cairns: Victim Support Scotland warns of rise of stalking in lockdown (The National) // Maya Oppenheim: Female NHS staff at risk due to not being able to 'access protective gear correctly sized for women' (Independent) // Media monitoring: reporting Violence Against Women during a global pandemic (Zero Tolerance) // ALLIANCE Live Podcast: Women and Covid-19 (The ALLIANCE) // Treva Lindsey: Why Covid-19 is hitting Black women so hard (Women's Media Center) // Marianne Schnall: Putting a gender lens on Covid-19: Thought leaders weigh in (Forbes) // Amina Khan: How to worship in isolation this Ramadan (Teen Vogue) // Noel Baker: 'Rape myths dispelled' by virus lockdown (Irish Examiner) // Heejung Chung: Return of the 1950s housewife? How to stop coronavirus lockdown reinforcing sexist gender roles (The Conversation) // Alessandra Minello: The pandemic and the female academic (nature) // Dr Fiona Jenkins: Did our employers just requisition our homes? (Canberra Times) // Andrew Learmonth: Nicola Sturgeon told carers must be at the heart of plan to ease lockdown (theNational) // Jim Campbell and Naveed Hakeem: Is it time for a coronavirus basic income? (WISE) // Gina Rushton: South Australia is waiting on one man to decide if women have to travel for medical abortions in a pandemic (Buzzfeed) // Colleen Flaherty: No room of one's own (InsideHigherEd) // Marisa Bate: Coronovirus shows us we need a revolution for working women - and it starts with trade unions // Donna Ferguson: 'I feel like a 1950s housewife': How lockdown has exposed the gender divide (Guardian) // Andy Philip: Scots woman opens up on 'anxiety and stress' of carers on lockdown (Daily Record) // Jennifer Galbraith: Are we really all equal in the eyes of Covid-19? (CRER) // Saffron Roberts: Why language matters: How are the violence and perpetrators framed? (Zero Tolerance) // Angela O'Hagan: Inequalities in a crisis enforce the need for a gendered lens in policy making (WiSE) // Priyanka Raval: Domestic violence services call for focus on perpetrators not just victims during coronavirus lockdown (Bristol Cable) // Anna North: The "women's work" of the pandemic (Vox) // Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw: When Blackness is a pre-existing condition (The New Republic) // Claire Cain Miller: Nearly half of men say they do most of the home schooling. 3 percent of women agree. (New York Times) // Hannah Swirsky: Why the UK's Covid-19 response needs more women leaders (Each Other) // Woman's Hour: Contraception & Covid-19; Caroline Nokes MP; Deborah Feldman; Asma Khan (BBC) // Megan Holloway: Why a gender lens is needed for the Covid-19 response (Gavi) // Rianna Raymond-Williams: Why I'm fighting for an independent public inquiry into the Covid-19 deaths of people of colour (gal-dem) // Kathleen Nutt: Coronavirus: Scottish Government urged to publish data on BAME deaths (The National) // Anna Fazackerley: Women's research plummets during lockdown - but articles from men increase (Guardian) // Emily Thomson: Valuing 'women's' work: Reflections on (feminist) economic explanations of low pay (WISE) // Angela O'Hagan: Inequalities in a crisis enforce the need for a gendered lens in policy making (WiSE) // Dr Oona Brooks-Hay, Prof Michele Burman & Dr Lisa Bradley: Gender based violence in a pandemic (Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research) // Women, work and Covid-19: the stark implications for women's poverty (Close The Gap) // Laura Spinney: The coronavirus slayer! How Kerala's rock star health minister helped save it from Covid-19 (Guardian) // Nina Teasdale: Covid-19 and the myth of the 'home' as a haven (WISE) // Rebecca Solnit: 'The way we get through this is together': the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus (Guardian)


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