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Report- Virtual briefing with the Pan-African Parliament Women’s Caucus COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) partnered with the Pan-African Parliament through its Women’s Caucus to convene a virtual briefing meeting under the theme “COVID-19 and Gender-based violence (GBV): Parliamentary support to gender-responsive national plans”. The meeting aimed at providing a platform for various stakeholders to discuss ways of engaging national parliaments in the 55 member states of the African continent, to address gender inequalities and the reported increase in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases due to Covid-19. The virtual briefing was also meant to support and enhance cooperation with the Pan-African Parliament in its oversight role of national parliaments in passing gender-responsive COVID-19 national plans.
The meeting was held on the 10th of September 2020 and attended by over 100 participants from diverse backgrounds via Zoom and YouTube live streaming. The following report aims to provide an overview of the various discussions and engagements that took place during the 3 hour webinar.  Video can be found here.