Webinar “Covid-19: a gender-perspective on the growing humanitarian crisis

Wednesday, April 8
11:00am-12:00pm EDT
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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

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


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 – with weak healthcare systems, fragile economies, and high-levels of violence. Moreover, without effective response,”whole regions will be tipped into chaos and the virus will have the opportunity to circle back around the globe,” according to Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock.


It is important to recognize that women and girls are both uniquely impacted and critical to mitigation strategies during this humanitarian crisis. They face specific economic hardships, humanitarian needs, and vulnerabilities to gender-based violence.


They are also leaders: serving as frontline responders, healthcare workers, and community volunteers.

Join leading experts for a discussion on the urgent need for a gender-responsive approach to mitigating COVID-19 and global strategies for effectively addressing the pandemic’s impact.

Hosted by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security; Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre; The PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security; and The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.