Gender Issues and Public Health Crisis Management: Philippine Local Governments’ Response to Covid-19
45 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2022 Last revised: 20 Jun 2022
This mixed-method research describes how sensitive is the Philippine local government COVID-19 response to risks of gender-based violence and poor reproductive health outcomes. It finds that on average, local government units (LGUs) are generally responsive, albeit in a less than satisfactory manner based on the perspective of the citizens and civil society organizations. It identifies several factors that helped or hindered LGUs in addressing these gendered impacts and provide recommendations to strengthen a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to public health emergencies and biological disasters within a decentralized framework of government.
Keywords: gender, COVID-19, local governance, gender-based violence, reproductive health, Philippines
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