COVID-19: A Gender Perspective on the Growing Humanitarian Crisis

April 8, 2020

The United Nations has launched a major humanitarian response plan to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the world’s most vulnerable communities. Understanding the human dimension of the tragedy highlights the dire conditions and prospects of people living in places already affected by conflict and crisis. Moreover, it is important to recognize that women and girls are both uniquely impacted and critical to mitigation strategies during this humanitarian crisis.


Rt Hon David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

Ms. Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women

The Hon. Eric Schwartz, President, Refugees International

Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Chief Executive Officer, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

Dr. Orzala Nemat, Director, The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)

Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security