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Addressing gendered impacts of COVID-19: Experiences from Pakistan

Webinar – 19 October 2020: Summary points, questions and answers










FAO. 2021. Addressing gendered impacts of COVID-19: Experiences from Pakistan: Webinar – 19 October 2020: Summary points, questions and answers. Rome. 



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    Addressing gendered impacts of COVID-19: Experiences from Pakistan
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    In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the gendered implications have highlighted the unequal impact of the pandemic. Lack of gender-sensitivity in the preparation for and subsequent response has only compounded the challenges for women and children. Women in Pakistan are essential contributors to economic and social sectors and have been faced with less access to necessary resources, services, and time– factors that are hindering their productivity. With COVID-19, the multidimensional gender inequalities and gender gaps have exacerbated, giving rise to massive challenges across the country, striking on societies, economies and political systems. Preparedness and response efforts must better understand these gender dimensions to avoid widening inequalities. To look beyond the immediate and necessary response to the crisis, there is a need to identify the best strategies to address the impacts by framing policies to build back inclusively and set a new course of action in all sectors, in collaboration with policy makers, local government and other institutions. It is therefore an obligation to adopt communication strategies, including Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) strategies, that ensure vulnerable members of rural communities are targeted, including women and children. This webinar looks at the impacts of COVID-19 on women and explores the gender and COVID-sensitive RCCE activities of two United Nations (UN) agencies in Pakistan. The Heads of agencies in Pakistan of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) will share lessons learned from these activities.
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    Protecting agricultural workers through remote COVID-19 awareness campaigns in Pakistan
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    The continuing COVID-19 pandemic—and related lockdowns—triggered a massive cash crisis around the world for families who depend on informal earnings, including daily wage workers. In Pakistan, a nationwide lockdown was imposed on 21 March 2020. This had major reverberations on the food supply chain and agriculture sector, where restrictive measures threatened the livelihoods of workers and smallholder farmers. In total, as of 12 July 2020, there were 248 872 confirmed cases throughout Pakistan. Lockdown-related challenges have created new threats to public health, with communities struggling to adhere to restrictions while still securing food for their families. Overall, society’s most vulnerable and food insecure segments have been disproportionately affected by the immediate impacts of lockdown measures, which include sudden unemployment, food price shocks, disruptions in marketing and food trade, logistics and production, and upended labor migration patterns. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Pakistan, together with partners, delivered both physical and remote sensitization messages: field-based resources—including close to 80 000 materials printed and distributed by over 300 000 frontline workers—were complemented with remote communication technologies, ranging from social media posts, local radio broadcasts, and newly modified online components to the Farmer Field School (FFS) platform.
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