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) // Laura D. Lindberg, Alicia VandeVusse, Jennifer Mueller and Marielle Kirstein: Early impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic: Findings from the 2020 Guttmacher survey of reproductive health services (Guttmacher Institute) // Scottish Anti Poverty Review Issue 33: Covid-19, poverty and building back better (The Poverty Alliance) // April Shaw: Supporting survivors of domestic abuse: Early findings from the third sector (Scotland in Lockdown) // Discussion Paper on Life Leaving Lockdown (National Carer Organisations) // A Feminist Action Agenda for Canada's Global Response to Covid-19 (Nobel Women's Initiative) // Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, Jordan A Parsons, Nathan Hodson: Covid-19 and reproductive justice in Great Britain and the United States: Ensuring access to abortion care during a global pandemic (Journal of Law and the Biosciences) // Summary of International Information on Violence Against Women and Covid-19 (Welsh Women's Aid) // Elaine Swan: Covid-19 Foodwork, race, gender, class and food justice: an intersectional feminist analysis (Servings) // Rights at Risk - Covid-19, disabled people and emergency planning in Scotland - a baseline report from Inclusion Scotland (Inclusion Scotland) // How coronavirus has affected equality and human rights (EHRC) // Sumegha Asthana, Sara E Davies, Roopa Dhatt, Ann Keeling, Arush Lal, Alexandra Phelan, Maike Voss and Clare Wenham: Strengthen gender mainstreaming in WHO's pandemic preparedness and response (Gender & Covid-19) // Report on the gender perspective in the COVID-19 crisis and post-crisis period (European Parliament) // New study finds telemedicine for abortion care is safe and more accessible (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)


[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) // Laura Paterson: Coronavirus in Scotland: Women's work inequalities deepen (The Times) // Jennifer Johnston: Scotland needs a 'virtual school' (Reform Scotland) // Women in science are battling both Covid-19 and the patriarchy (Times Higher Education) // Kaitlin Easton: New research by Girlguiding reveals devastating impact of lockdown on children and young women (The Press and Journal) // Emma Williamson, Nancy Lombard & Oona Brooks-Hay: 'Coronavirus murders': media narrative about domestic abuse during lockdown is wrong is wrong and harmful (The Conversation) // Karin Goodwin: Call for women not to be left behind as Scotland starts lifting lockdown (The National) // Kate Connolly, Ashifa Kassam, Kim Willsher and Rory Carroll: 'We are losers in this crisis': research finds lockdowns reinforcing gender inequality (Guardian) // Sian Griffiths and Tom Calver: Coronavirus loading mothers with washing, cooking and home schooling (The Times) // Karin Goodwin: The impact of coronavirus on education - for children and parents (The National) // Vicky Spratt: Why coronavirus has hit young women's finances hardest (Refinery 29) // Alliance Live: Intersectionality and Covid-19 (Anchor FM) // Mara Dolan: Hawaii considers an explicitly feminist plan for Covid-Era economic recovery (Truthout) // Dr Catherine Tan and Dr Janani Umamaheswar: Taking risk, taking care during Covid-19 (Gender & Society) // Caroline Kitchener: 'I had to choose being a mother': With no childcare or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workplace (The Lily) // Professor Claire Dunlop and Professor Roger Awan-Sculy: Women, academic publishing and Covid-19 (Political Studies Association) // Emma Ritch: The recovery from Covid-19 must mean building a better economy for women (Holyrood) // Nasar Meer and Kaveri Qureshi: Scotland can't be complacent about Covid's impact on ethnic minorities (Scotsman) // Rebecca McQuillan: Don't let gender equality be another victim of the virus (Herald Scotland) // Nick Childers,Tom Silverstone, Alex Healey and Katie Lamborn: Giving birth at home during Covid-19: 'Black mothers were already scared' - video (Guardian) // Haroon Siddique: Coronavirus UK: BAME women suffer harder financial hit (Guardian) // Amelia Hill: Coronavirus: 4.5m people in UK forced to become unpaid carers (Guardian) // Gina Davidson: Coronavirus divide sees poorer people and women more likey to die (Scotsman) // Bryant Furlow: A hospital's secret coronavirus policy separated Native American mothers from their newborns (ProPublica) // Gaby Hinsliff: The coronavirus backlash: How the pandemic is destroying women's rights (Guardian) // Hannah Coles: Coronavirus: "I'm a final year student nurse - Covid-19 is just the tip of the iceberg" (Stylist) // Catherine Fookes: Three hidden health impacts of Covid-19 on women that need tackling (Fabian Women) // Jatin Haria: Covid-19 and ethnicity in Scotland: where's the data? (CRER) // Disabled women over 11 times more likely to die of Coronavirus (Disability Rights UK) // Eilidh Young: Coronavirus and the impact on domestic labour (YWCA The Young Women's Movement) // Claire Duncanson: Guest Post: A recovery plan which works for women also works for the planet (On The Engender) // Linda Scott: How coronavirus is widening the UK gender pay gap (Guardian) // Emily Woods: Getting to know the frontline: Lisa Ward, Shetland Rape Crisis Centre (Holyrood) // Ceylan Yeginsu: For UK's minority women, the economic toll of lockdown lingers (New York Times) // Francesca Visser: 'No woman should be treated how I was in childbirth': How has Covid-19 affected women's rights during childbirth? (Open Democracy) // Nicole Kalms, Georgia May Johnson and Gill Matthewson: What does the 'new normal' look like for women's safety in cities? (The Conversation) // Nina Martin: Agonizing lag in coronavirus research puts pregnant women and babies at risk (ProPublica) // Jessica Grose: 'They go to Mommy first' (New York Times) // Anna North: America's child care problem is an economic problem (Vox) // Jamie Mann: Covid-19: Scotland 'losing £15m a day from loss in women's earnings' (The Ferret) // [CN: domestic abuse] Liam Kirkaldy: "Nowhere to go": How No Recourse to Public Funds is leaving women experiencing abuse without support (Holyrood) // Hannah Westwater: Women's unpaid work during crisis means a £15m daily loss for Scotland (The Big Issue) // Olivia Petter: Women did majority of childcare in UK lockdown, study finds (Independent) // Dr Ruth Lightbody: The (in)appropriateness of deliberative response to Covid-19 (Centre for Economic Justice) // Megan Wildhood: Hawai'i has a feminist economic recovery plan for Covid-19 thanks to these organisers (ModLab) // Nandini Archer and Claire Provost: UK government criticised for "inconsistent" restrictions on pregnant women's check-ups (Open Democracy) // Richard Adams: Women 'put careers on hold' to home school during UK Covid-19 lockdown (Guardian) // Alexandra Topping: UK working mothers are 'sacrificial lambs' in coronavirus childcare crisis (Guardian) // Ashni Lakhani: Coronavirus: Life inside a 'homeless hotel' (BBC Three) // Raman Mundair: Loneliness and connections in the midst of Covid (Fringe of Colour) // Maya Oppenheim: Rise in mothers having children taken into care during pandemic, report suggests (Independent) // Jessica Valenti: The pandemic isn't forcing mums out of the workforce - dads are (Medium) // Donna Ferguson: Two-thirds of UK's furloughed workers continued job in Covid-19 lockdown (Guardian) // Tola Onanuga: Higher risks, little support: Giving birth while Black and Asian in Covid-19 England (Open Democracy) // [CN: domestic abuse, mental health issues, drug misuse, disordered eating] Amber Haque: Fears the coronavirus pandemic will hit women hardest (BBC News) // Hannah Summers: UK women's refuges turn away victims who speak no English (Guardian) // Timi Sotire: 'My mind was not there, I was heartbroken': Black key workers are being forced to grieve at work (gal-dem) // Izzie Ramirez: World on fire: Environmental racism and Covid-19 are a deadly combination (Bitch Media) // [CN: sexual assault, rape] David Leask: 'Legal challenge' on coronavirus delays to rape case trials (Herald Scotland) // Aintzane Márquez Tejón & Hannah Wilson: Protecting migrant women workers food supply chains during Covid-19 (Open Global Rights) // Mary Morgan: Even during the pandemic, catcalling goes on. I refuse to be treated as an object. (Guardian) // Alexandra Topping: Childcare crisis risks pushing women out of workforce, says TUC (Guardian) // Dalia Ben-Galim: Back-to-school hasn't solved the giant women-shaped hole in our childcare system (Huffington Post UK) // Paul Waugh: Exclusive: A third of parents received no child maintenance payments from ex-partners in lockdown (Huffington Post UK) // Alexandra Topping: Reopening UK offices risks excluding women and minorities, says business chief (Guardian) // Elamin Abdelmahmoud: How The Pandemic Has Exacerbated The Gender Divide In Household Labor (BuzzFeed News) // Sian Norris, Claudia Torrisi: COVID-19 hasn’t killed sexual harassment at work – it’s just moved online (openDemocracy) // Sara De Vido: COVID-19 and the “Gender Crisis”: More of a Need for the Istanbul Convention, Not Less (OpinioJuris) //Jillian Kramer: The virus moved female faculty to the brink. Will universities help? (New York Times) // Jenni Grainger: Coping through Covid: why 'what makes sense' sucks (ArtsProfessional) // Sophy Ridge: Coronavirus: The focus on suppressing Covid-19 shouldn't come at the expense of mums-to-be (Sky News) // Emily Kenway: I found out the hard way that caring for dying relatives is almost impossible in our society (Guardian) // Miriam Berger: Women are systematically excluded from global coronavirus coverage, experts say (The Washington Post) // Amanda McBridge and Sarah Ralph: Girls shift digital: reflecting on the impact of moving online in girls' creative youth projects (MAI) // Tess Reidy: 'My place wasn't safe': the universities sheltering women from domestic abuse (Guardian) // Robert Armour: Carers worry they won't cope ahead of an unforgiving winter (Third Force News) // Amber Sunner: Inside Leicester's 'servant' factories underpaying workers in the pandemic (gal-dem) // Isaac Chotiner: Why the pandemic is forcing women out of the workforce (New Yorker) // Laura Jones: Covid's male face: Women are hidden in the pandemic debate ( // Asylum support to increase by just 3p per week (Scottish Refugee Council) // [CN: economic abuse, violence against women] Charlotte Cowles: The pandemic is allowing economic abuse to flourish (The Cut) // Bahar Aldanmaz: An overlooked need in global emergencies (ThinkGlobalHealth) // Patrick Butler: Two-child benefit cap influencing women's decisions on abortion, says BPAS (Guardian) // Bobbie Duffy and Rosie Campbell: Second lockdown left women feeling worn out - while men complained of boredom (The Conversation) // Courtney Napier: Safety looks like full bellies in a pandemic (Scalawag Magazine) // Dani Garavelli: Insight: Why disabled artists can't go back to normal (Scotsman) // Hannah Bardell: Women are bearing the brunt of the Covid crisis and need help (Herald Scotland) // Elsa Maisham: New lockdown will be more difficult for 'worn down' victims of domestic abuse, warns charity (Scotsman) // Katharine Swindells: How the pandemic revolutionised abortion access in the UK (New Statesman) // Alexandra Topping: Furlough refused to 71% of UK working mothers while schools shut - survey (Guardian) // Susan Egalstaff: Women's sport has been hurt by pandemic but there are signs it can be optimistic for 2021 (Herald Scotland) // Alex Thornton: Unequal burden: how the Covid-19 pandemic is adding to women's workloads (World Economic Forum) // Maggie McGrath: American women lost more than 5 million jobs in 2020 (Forbes) // Erica B. Donaldson-Ellison: 40 years in the caring sector has taught me that nothing changes (Black Ballad) // Carmen Martinez: Covid-19, economic recession and gender budgeting (YWCA Scoltand The Young Women's Movement) // Chloe Chaplain: Covid could reverse gender equality progress as working mothers forced to quit over childcare, experts warn (iNews) // Ruchira Sharma: How decades of public health inequality have made ethnic communities hesitant to take Covid vaccines (iNews) // Amanda Nicholls: We hear the word resilience a lot these days, but have we got its meaning all wrong? (Stylist) // Jackie Gulland: Households, bubbles and hugging grandparents: caring and lockdown rules during Covid-19 (University of Edinburgh) // Alexandra Topping: No 10 pulls 'sexist' Covid ad showing all chores done by women (Guardian) // Karin Goodwin: Concerns raised over 'cramped and stressful' asylum unit for mothers and babies (The Ferret) // Daniel Thomas and Lora Jones: Coronavirus: 'I quit my job to home school my son' (BBC News) // Maya Oppenheim: Maternity staff facing extreme burnout over staff shortages and longer busier shifts, warn healthcare leaders (Independent) //


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