GNWS & Asian Network of Women’s Shelters Webinar - Coronavirus and women’s shelters: Planning, preparation, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The rapid spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 has created an unprecedented public humanitarian crisis around the world. As with most disasters, women and girls are likely to be disproportionately affected.
The outbreak presents huge challenges for shelters in terms of safety and training for staff, protection of clients, measures to contain an outbreak within a facility, helping staff work remotely while still supporting victims, and ensuring adequate resources are in place. In addition, as families are encouraged or forced to stay at home, women and children who are vulnerable to domestic abuse will be at greater risk.
In this webinar, we will invite shelter organizations from Taiwan and other countries around the world to share best practices and current developments in the battle against COVID-19. Topics of discussion will include:
• shelter health and safety guidelines,
• response principles and control measures,
• experiences from other epidemic situations,
• use of technology,
• how to help shelter staff work from home,
• strategies to deal with city, state, or national lockdowns,
• protecting client confidentiality,
• advice for other GBV prevention programs
Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong have been praised for their efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Some have attributed this success to lessons learned from the SARS outbreak in 2003. While the current crisis is far from over, there may be experiences from Asian that could be of benefit to other parts of the world.
The goals of this webinar will be to share information on disease control policies of shelter organizations, provide support and solidarity to frontline staff already working in difficult circumstances, and highlight areas of concern that may have been overlooked by policymakers.
Registration is free. The webinar will be recorded and the video posted online so people who were not able to join can view it later.