We are working to ensure the needs of children, particularly girls, are addressed and not left behind in the response to COVID-19. Our Situation Reports are issued every two weeks highlighting our response in the Asia-Pacific region.
As a global girls' rights and humanitarian organisation, 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 decision-making processes related to the COVID-19 response and recognise that outbreak, 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 preventative measures in refugee and displacement settings.