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Understanding the gendered effects of health policy responses to COVID-19

11 months
Approved budget:
Professor Jennifer Curtin
Dr Barry Milne
Dr Lara Greaves
Health issue:
Infectious disease
Proposal type:
Health Delivery Research Activation Grant
Lay summary
The impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities has not been homogenous. Public health policy responses to contain the virus and mitigate its secondary impacts remain hindered by a lack of systematic gender analysis. We lack robust evidence about the way existing gender gaps are exacerbated by the current pandemic and the government's policy responses. This review will conduct a gender analysis to document the differential gendered effects of the impact of COVID-19 and associated health policy responses on different groups of women and men across Aotearoa New Zealand. We will undertake: 1) a second order synthesis of prior research on gender dimensions of pandemics; 2) review availability of gender-disaggregated data; 3) review design of longitudinal studies that capture experiences of women (and men) to support development of future data collection with health and remote workers, to inform future gender sensitive policy responses.