Covid-19: Gender and other Equality Issues

Key Points - there will be regular updates in this fast-moving situation.
• Covid-19 is a global public health crisis and an economic crisis which impacts on different groups including
women, BAME communities and disabled people, differently. Therefore, a response that takes into account
different groups’ positioning in society and in the economy is necessary:
• The Government must support businesses to continue paying their staff if they cannot operate.
• Both eligibility for, and rate of, Statutory Sick Pay must increase.

Economic abuse and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The situation is changing rapidly in the UK as the government implements measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Recommended measures such as limiting social contact, not going to work and self-isolating at home can have implications if you are experiencing economic abuse. You may be worried about your physical safety and your economic situation.
This resource is designed to support your economic wellbeing and your safety if you are living with someone who abuses you. It also contains information on financial support that is available.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Violence against Women and Girls

A research briefing written in response to the query: What is the evidence of how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic2 might impact on violence against women and girls (VAWG)? Please draw on any emerging global evidence from the current outbreak in corona virus, as well as other similar epidemics? (e.g. Ebola)
Enquirer: Victoria Spencer, DFID VAWG Team

Staying safe during COVID-19 A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse

Our message to victims and survivors of domestic abuse
We know that if you are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse you will know what being isolated and frightened will feel like. You might be worried about self-isolating with someone who is harming you. We’ve created this to help you think about what you might do over the coming weeks to stay safe.
You are not alone in this.
You are a survivor, equipped with the knowledge, strength and tools that help keep you and your family safe every day.

Can you help a young woman through this crisis?

Without your urgent help, young women will face financial crisis over the next few weeks - despite the relief being offered by the government. 

Young women in our communities are more likely to be unemployed or on zero hours contracts. Too many already struggle to make ends meet at the end of each month. For them, this crisis will mean real hardship.  

Donate to the Emergency Fund today here

Employers do not have to report gender pay gaps

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have as of 24th March, taken the decision to suspend enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for this reporting year (2019/20).

The decision means there will be no expectation on employers to report their data.

Coronavirus update from Smallwood Trust

Grants for individuals – how to apply
We want to reassure everyone that we are very much open and fully focused on supporting as many women as possible during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Message and Survey request from Rosa Foundation

We know that existing inequalities mean that coronavirus will hit women the hardest, especially women who are already vulnerable. We know this means women’s organisations in the UK are under enormous pressure right now to support people in need, while also dealing with their own internal challenges.

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