Women’s Economic Empowerment during the COVID-19 Pandemic: a Rapid Review of Impacts and Responses for Economic Relief and Recovery – June 2020

This paper is a snapshot of how COVID-19 is impacting Women’s Economic Empowerment as of early June 2020. It is aimed at DFID/HMG to inform COVID-19 responsive programming - for economic relief and recovery. It provides a brief overview of impacts and examples of responses related to women’s economic empowerment to the pandemic by governments, donors, the private sector and civil society. This paper is a rapid review of evidence from web searches and key sources. It is not a comprehensive review. It aims to provide early examples of evidence, practices, and key issues for consideration. Evidence has primarily focused on low- and middle-income countries, but also on higher income countries where relevant information could be applicable. Additional sources and reading are hyperlinked throughout the document and in the references section.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a fast moving situation and evidence is constantly emerging at the time of writing. Therefore this document should be treated as a snapshot in time, providing headline messages and key recommendations to take on board, going forward.