Visual design of Covid-19 Impact report through a gender lens

The International Centre for Research for Women (ICRW)

A covid-19 scoping report centred around women

Impact and aftermath of the first wave of COVID-19 on informal workers in India under a gender lens. 

Making of the implication report centred around women

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought a global socio-economic crisis, with profound implications for the well-being of individuals, households and communities. It has further deepened existing social inequalities, heightened the risks for gender-based violence (GBV), and limited the access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health among marginalized groups. As countries move to mitigate the health threats of the COVID-19 pandemic, immediate policy action has often led to large economic and social costs that are majorly borne by vulnerable and low-income populations, among whom women are the most affected. 

Gender inequity lies at the root of every major problem the world faces.

Our approach to creating images for this report was to make the day-to-day challenges faced by them visible and acknowledge the physical and emotional violence that they are on the receiving end of by the whole nation. Most importantly we hoped to represent the isolation they feel being away from their families, the psychological effects of that and the trauma this informal workforce lives by and functions in.

This report is centred around women, whose nature of occupation and gendered access to entitlements makes them doubly vulnerable.

India’s urban population is bustling as people migrate for want of better opportunities for growth and progress. While the process of urbanisation has been largely associated with the idea of development and progress, what is often overlooked are the deep inequalities that it perpetuates especially with existing gender norms in a deeply patriarchal country and this report attempts to address this gap. 

This review examines the COVID-19 policy response period from March 2020 to February 2021 to understand the implications of the national lockdown and immediate policy responses as well as the slow recovery through the unlock phases. It discusses how COVID-19-related health and economic shocks, and the policy responses to them, interacted with pre-existing vulnerabilities to impact livelihoods, the experience of GBV and healthcare outcomes for women who work in the urban informal economy in India

Learn more about the project here and view the publication here.