Johannesburg, 14 July: The COVID-19 pandemic which has been raging across the globe since December 2019 has aggravated gender inequalities. As the majority of care workers, of the poor and those in the informal sector or in precarious work, women bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the vaccine roll out is to bring any relief, it requires a feminist response.

The Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance will launch a #VaccineGenderJustice campaign in its forthcoming annual #VoiceandChoice Barometer to be launched in August in the wings of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State Summit.

The global vaccination roll out is highlighting the gross structural and systemic inequalities that exist within and between countries and the power that corporations have over governments. Of the 25% of the population that has been fully vaccinated the majority are in the European Union and North America with 54% and 44% of their populations having received one does of the vaccine respectively. Conversely just under three percent (2,8%) of Africa’s population has received one vaccination.

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