COVID-19 messages to support women from the Republic of Moldova

In the context of world-wide pandemic due to the new corona virus COVID-19, announced by WHO on 12 March 2020, Moldova faces the constant increase of cases of infection.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

It is evident that outbreaks similar to the COVID19 has disproportionate impact on women – drawing experiences from Ebola and Zika. As highlighted in the latest updates in Moldova, more women being infected than men – in proportion of 60% women vs 40% men. In addition, there is evidence that disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse.

In the Republic of Moldova women perform the majority of health care and nursing, are implicated in the unpaid care in their families and bear most of the responsibility of child-rearing, when schools are suspended.

To respond to the outbreak and to adapt the interventions to be in line with the primary needs of women and girls from the Republic of Moldova, UN Women launched a series of materials with recommendations which were widely disseminated: 

Help neighbors
Women Migrants
Front line workers
Elder women
Shared care

These materials were elaborated by UN Women Moldova and financed by Sweden.