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COVID-19 Emergency response Asia-Pacific Situation Report, 3rd April 2020, Issue 1

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As a global girls’ rights and humanitarian organization, Plan International’s experience indicates that girls and young women are particularly vulnerable in health emergencies. We call on governments to include meaningful participation of girls and women in its decisionmaking processes related to the COVID-19 response and recognize that outbreaks, quarantines and isolation affect girls and boys, women and men differently.
We believe that sex and age-appropriate interventions that address increased risk of child marriage, sexual violence, sexual reproductive health and rights, mental health and burden of domestic work facing girls and women are particularly essential and we call on all countries who provide foreign assistance to increase funding in light of COVID-19, including intensifying support and preventive measures in refugee and displacement settings.