Voices from the Compounded Crisis: Oxfam COVID-19 Rapid Gender Assessment Regional Highlights in the Philippines

Elizabeth Asanion, 45, wears her protective goggles during a relief operation in partnership with Oxfam Philippines titled Care4Wife: COVID-19 Assistance and Response to Emergency Needs for Women in Informal Economy in Namapa Compound, Barangay North Fairview in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. PHOTO: Basilio Sepe/Oxfam
Paper author: 
Jeanette Kindipan-Dulawan, Ma. Gichelle Cruz
Paper publication date: 
Friday, December 4, 2020

Global and national strategic plans for COVID-19 preparedness and response must be grounded in strong gender analysis and inclusive representations in decision making and implementation measures to create effective, equitable policies and strong COVID-19 key interventions. While this concept is no longer new, there is also no evidence suggesting the gender responsiveness of the Philippines National Action Plan (NAP) on COVID-19 response even with the concrete guidelines set by the Magna Carta of Women (MCW). Specifically, the State shall ensure that development of plans, policies, programs, measures, and mechanisms should address discrimination compounded by or intersecting with other grounds, status, or condition, such as ethnicity, age, poverty, or religion in the economic, political, social, and cultural life of women and men.