Gender equality starts with you: Ten ways you can keep up your activism from your couch

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It’s a profound shock to our societies and economies. It has drastically altered everyday life as we know. And while we are all in it together, as it happens in any crisis or pandemic, women are being impacted by COVID-19 in different and less visible ways.

As everyone does their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and isolation, we’re sharing some of the best ways we know to support gender equality in your homes and in the world, without leaving the safety of your own home, or your couch.

1. Share the care at home

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From cooking and cleaning, to fetching water and firewood, or taking care of children and the elderly, women carry out three times more unpaid household and care work than men. While more and more people and families are isolated in their homes to stop the spread of COVID-19, care responsibilities are at an all-time high. Whether it is supporting kids through distance-learning or supporting elderly and vulnerable relatives, cooking, cleaning and running our households — it’s on all of us to share the care.

Make sure everyone in your home is doing their part to share the added burden of unpaid domestic and care work every day.

2. Know the COVID-19 facts

While we all adjust to the new norms and process the anxiety and concern we’re feeling, it’s so important to know all the facts, and stop the spread of misinformation.

Get your facts from trusted sources and medical experts.

You can learn more about why gender matters in COVID-19 response, and get up to date information and analysis from UN Women from our In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response.

And learn more from the United Nations here: 

3. Read, watch, listen and share women’s stories

Keep yourself safe, busy and feminist while you stay home. Read a feminist book that reflects how diverse women’s experiences around the world truly are.  to get you started. Find shows, podcasts, social media accounts and movies led, written or produced by women. Check out our “Because She Watched” collection on Netflix that celebrates the stories that have inspired the women who inspire us.

If you’re looking for more info on the history of women’s rights, check out our!

4. Talk about gender equality with your family

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Social distancing means home becomes a school for many families around the world. Add feminism to the curriculum. Have conversations about gender equality with your friends and family — especially kids, boys and girls.

By talking to your kids about equality between all genders and what still needs to be done for us to reach an equal world, you’re setting them up to lead the way for a better future for all.

5. Continue your activism online

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Around the world, women are being disproportionately affected by the social and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, which exacerbates existing gender inequalities. Continue to speak up for women’s rights and gender equality by joining UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign and voicing your commitment to an equal future on social media, using #GenerationEquality. You can download cool GIFs, slogans and more in .

You can also find informative data cards, visuals and videos about the #coronavirus and messages of solidarity in UN Women’s 

7. Educate yourself

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Social distancing and self-quarantine mean more time for learning. From gender equality in emergencies to infrastructure, take one of .

You can also takeand see online exhibits of some of the most famous  around the world from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and many more. While you’re at it, take the opportunity to learn about women artists who have been overlooked throughout history and continue to be undervalued.

You can even learn about key milestones in the women’s rights movement, the progress and pushback, and voices and aspirations of women leaders from every corner of the world in our online exhibit “

You might find some inspiration for creative ways to spend your time at home through art!

8. Do your part, save lives

Image for postThere are many ways you can stay connected with your community while you stay physically apart. Practice social solidarity, with physical distance! Whatever you’re going through right now, know that there is somebody else going through similar experiences, trying to adjust to this new normal. Supporting those around you and staying close to your community can help you stay strong while helping others. Here are just five ways you can do your part:

9. Take care of your mental health

Image for postPrioritizing mental health is important during times of high stress. Set yourself a reminder to take a break from the news. Find moments of happiness by connecting with friends and family, relaxing and practicing mindfulness.

As the COVID19 pandemic is keeping most of us away from our loved ones, it’s completely normal to feel anxious, isolated or overwhelmed with work or family responsibilities.

Remember, you’re not alone. We are in this together. We will get through this together.

Attending our official International Women’s Day (IWD) events is a fantastic way to celebrate women’s achievements and show your people, your clients and the community that you support the largest movement for gender equality in the world.

This year, in addition to the five live events, UN Women Australia is delighted to be live streaming our events to a virtual platform, so you can join us from anywhere across Australia. 

Register your interest for exclusive first access and make sure you follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter for exciting IWD updates.