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As the pandemic forced governments to improvise responses, UN Women moved quickly to collect data on how COVID-19 was impacting women and men to inform decision-making. Between March 2020 and March 2021, rapid gender assessments (RGAs) were conducted in at least 52 countries. The RGAs focused on five areas of concern: 1) economic activities and resources; 2) unpaid domestic and care work; 3) access to goods and services, 4) emotional and physical wellbeing; and 5) relief measures.
The surveys confirmed that women and men are experiencing the pandemic differently. The findings have since been used to inform critical gender-responsive policies and recovery plans to build back better.
Below, RGA data across countries can be explored through regional groupings, with some indicators comparable at the global level.