Pandemics affect men and women* differently.

So states Helen Lewis on her article on the topic on March 19th.
We also believe they do, so here you have some facts and stories about it, as well as some uplifting pieces to empower you:


Articles on the impact of COVID-19 on women


How Coronavirus could be the next Watershed moment for feminism and equal pay (May 24th, 2020) – Read now

This is why the Coronavirus Bill will hit women hardest according to experts (March 26th, 2020) Read now

Government suspends gender pay gap reporting, citing coronavirus (March 25th, 2020)Read now

Covid-19: A gender issue from the outset (June 12th, 2020)Read now

One third of UK women are suffering from lockdown loneliness (June 14th, 2020)Read now



‘Key Workers’ Are The Unrecognised Backbone Of Our Economy. They Deserve More (March 20th, 2020)Read now

Female NHS staff at risk due to not being able to ‘access protective gear correctly sized for women’ (April 22nd, 2020)Read now



Domestic abuse surge in coronavirus lockdown could have lasting impact, MPs say (April 27th, 2020)Read now

Charges and cautions for domestic violence rise by 24% in London (April 24th, 2020)Read now

Domestic Violence Perpetrators Should Be Evicted From Their Family Homes During Coronavirus (March 24th, 2020)Read now

For some people, social distancing means being trapped indoors with an abuser (March 21st, 2020)Read now

Coronavirus: Government urged to introduce emergency measures to protect women trapped with abusers amid concerns violence could soar (March 24th, 2020)Read now

Dr Erika Fraser: ‘Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Violence against Women and Girls’ (March 16th, 2020)Read now



Strained hospitals and isolation: how coronavirus made giving birth even harder (April 1st, 2020) Read now

Some Pregnant Women in New York City Will Have to Deliver Babies Alone (March 24th, 2020)Read now

State control over women’s bodies is an unforeseen outcome of the coronavirus crisis (March 29th) – Read now

Mothers say they are being kept at work in UK as fathers stay home (March 27th, 2020)Read now

Covid-19 crisis could set women back decades, experts fear (May 29th, 2020)Read now

‘I feel like a 1950s housewife’: how lockdown has exposed the gender divide (May 3rd, 2020)Read now

The COVID-19 Outbreak: Potential Fallout for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (March 11th, 2020) – Read now



Gal-dem: ‘The state will not save us, only we can save us’: a collective response to Covid-19 (March 19th, 2020)Read now

BAME mothers are struggling to feed their children during Covid-19 – Government must take immediate action on this inequality (June 10th, 2020)Read now

Coronavirus UK: BAME women suffer harder financial hit (June 8th, 2020)Read now


“The work of women again is being unrecognised and undervalued.” 

Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director of the Women’s Budget Group (WBG


“There can be no doubt that the Covid crisis is revealing the effects of structural inequality which are the product of decades of multiple disadvantage and discrimination.”

Sam Smethers, CEO of Fawcett Society


Words of Empowerment


The World’s Female Leaders Are Excelling During The Coronavirus Pandemic (May 27th, 2020) –  Read now

Rebecca Solnit: ‘The impossible has already happened’: what coronavirus can teach us about hope (April 7th, 2020)Read now

Why imagination is the most powerful tool that feminists have at our disposal (March 26th, 2020)Read now

What does feminist leadership look like in a pandemic? (March 21st, 2020)Read now

What Palestinian women can teach the world about self-isolation (April 3rd, 2020)Read now

A Palestinian Woman Spent 20 Straight Months In Her Room Creating Art (October, 2016)Read now

Feminist Killjoy: ‘COMPLAINT AND SURVIVAL’ by Sara Ahmed (March 23rd, 2020)Read now


“Feminism opened up my world. In it, I saw conflicting theorists and activists, all giving their ideas about the way the world should be”

Ola Olufemi

Policy & Campaigns


Fawcett Society & Women’s Budget Group: Coronavirus: Impact on BAME Women (June 2020) – Read now

Women’s Budget Group: Spirals of Inequality Video (April 2020)Check it out now

Women’s Budget Group briefing: Gender and the ‘Green New Deal’ (May 19th, 2020)Read now

Women’s Budget Group briefing: Covid-19 – Gender and other Equality Issues (March 19th, 2020) – Read now

Women’s Budget Group briefing: Crises Collide: Women and Covid-19 (April 9th, 2020) – Read now

Why WHO needs a feminist economic agenda (March 28th, 2020)Read now

Feminist Alliance For Rights: Action Call for a Feminist policy around COVID-19 (March 20th, 2020)Read now

Fawcett Society: Campaigning for Women’s Visibility in UK ResponseRead now

Autonomy: The Jobs at Risk Index (JARI) (March 24th, 2020)Read now

APWLD: COVID-19 Highlights the Failure of Neoliberal Capitalism: We Need Feminist Global Solidarity (March 25ht, 2020)Read now

Womankind Worldwide: Working towards a just feminist economy. (March 2019) – Read now

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the UN sexual and reproductive health agency: COVID-19: A Gender Lens Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Promoting Gender Equality (March 2020)Read now

EVAW Briefing urges Government to act now to prevent ‘secondary’ abuse disaster (April 9th, 2020)Read now

UN Women – In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 responseRead now


“Retreating into our homes doesn’t mean cutting ourselves off from our communities.

We’re all in this together.”

Arwa Mahdawi

The COVID-19 Sheroes


What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Women Leaders (April 13th, 2020)Read now

Hand sanitisers: saved by the gel? (March 27th, 2020)Read now

The woman who discovered the first coronavirus (April 15th, 2020)Read now


“The effects of this virus are rooted in a vision of a world without borders, prisons, or the police – structures that exclude and exploit the most marginalised.”


Reflexiones en español


¿Puede surgir algo emancipatorio de todo esto? (25 de marzo de 2020)Léelo aquí

Ecofeminismo, decrecimiento y alternativas al desarrollo (16 de marzo de 2020)Léelo aquí

Hacia una economía feminista emancipadora (2 de enero de 2020)Léelo aquí



* Sheroes project stands for diversity and therefore includes women, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals, without them our mission wouldn’t be complete.
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