Covid-19 Resources for Women’s Specialist Support Services & Women’s Organisations

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, women’s specialist services find themselves in completely new territory. WAVE is here to support not only its members but all women’s specialist support services.

Therefore this page will be regularly updated with useful information and materials which WAVE members are sharing with the WAVE office.

General Resources

Improving gender equality during and after the COVID-19 crisis by European Parliament – See here.

List of statements, reports and other relevant work carried out by NGOs provided by the Council of Europe – See here.

COVID-19 and violence against women: What the health sector/system can do by WHO – See here.

Covid-19/Coronavirus: Safety and support resources by Women’s Aid UK – Find out more here.

Prevention and response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in COVID-19 by International Federation of Red Cross – See here.

COVID19 Cases and resources by the Center for Reproductive Rights – Download here.

Feminist Response to COVID-19 by the Women’s Major Group and other Feminist Networks – See here.

Information in 16 Languages: Violence Against women and Human Trafficking by Il Grande Colibrì – See here.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Violence against women by WHO – See here.

COVID-19 Statement and Resources for VAW shelters, for women and for the general public by WOMEN’S SHELTERS CANADA – See here.

RCNI Guidance for remote counselling during COVID-19 Crisis by Rape Crisis Network Ireland – Download here.

Sustainable recovery: building on human rights and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development by The Danish Institute for Human Rights – See here.

International advice for front-line workers supporting women by eSafety Commissioner Australia – See here.

Guidance for social housing providers on how to support tenants / residents during COVID-19 by Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) – See here.

2021 report on gender equality in the EU by the European Commission – See here.

Resources concerning access to abortion care and other reproductive health services during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Centre for Reproductive Rights – See here.

General information on the impact of COVID-19 on Women

Explainer: How COVID-19 Impacts Women and Girls by UN Women – See here.

Understanding COVID-19’s impact on women (infographics) by the European Parliament – See here.

Policy Brief: the impact of COVID-19 on Women by the United Nations – Find out more here and here.

Covid and Gender Equality Information by the European Institute for Gender Equality – See here.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on specialist services for victims and survivors of violence in the Western Balkans and Turkey: A proposal for addressing the needs by UN Women – See here.

COVID-19 and Women’s rights organizations: Bridging response gaps and demanding a more just future by UN Women – See here.

The COVID-19 pandemic and intimate partner violence against women in the EU by European Institute for Gender Equality – See here.

Declaration of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Instanbul Convention) on the implementation of the Convention during the COVID-19 pandemic – Download here.

Measures and Practices from the Council of Europe Member States during the crisis to mitigate its impact on women’s rights by Council of Europe* – See here.

* WAVE recommends checking if the country information provided are correct.

Statement on COVID-19: Ensure women’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights by the Commissioner of Human Rights, Council of Europe – See here.

Domestic Violence and the COVID-19 Crisis. Trends, Measures Taken, Recommendations and Potential Areas of Assistance by OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) – See here.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Family Planning and Ending Gender-based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage by UNFPA – See here.

COVID-19 Pandemic Response – Supporting Women and Girls in Times of Crisis by International Women’s health coalition – See here.

Covid-19 and feminism in the Global South: Challenges, initiatives and dilemmas by Nadje Al-Ali (SAGE Journals) – See here.

Voices of Women’s Organizations on COVID-19, April 2020 – Putting women at the forefront of COVID-19. Response in Europe and Central Asia by UN Women – Download here. See also here.

Joint Statement on COVID-19 and abortion in Europe signed by WAVE – Download here.

COVID-19 recovery “unattainable” without women-led organizations and movements – UN independent expert by UN Human Rights Office of the High Commitioner – See here.

Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence, Situation of Women Victims and the Access to the Support Services by Fund “Sukhumi” – Download here.

The Gender Dimension of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Human Security by Fund “Sukhumi” – Download here.

EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality: Good practices for
tackling domestic violence in the context of COVID-19
by European Women’s Lobby and WAVE – See here.

News on COVID-19 & SRHR in Europe (22 March – 9 April 2020) by the Center for Reproductive Rights – Download here.

Best Practices Texting & Messaging with Survivors during COVID-19 by ABAAD – See here.

What happened after COVID-19: Albania provided by UN Women- Check out here.

Expert’s take: Five steps to make the COVID-19 social protection and jobs responses work better for women by UN Women – See here.

Technology-related Resources

Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (USA)- Download here.

How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (USA) – Download here.

Digital Services Toolkit (online chat, text messaging, and video calls to provide services to survivors) suggestions by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (USA) – See here.

Training Curriculum on Counseling at a Distance when working with women victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence or Abuse – EU Erasmus+ project DIS.CO – Download here.

Chat-based assistance with children and adolescents by La Strada Ukraine – Download here.

Provision of crisis assistance and psychological counselling for children via web-based services by Doctors to Children – Download here. Find out more here.

Principles and recommendations for Violence Against Women and Girls Data Collection during COVID-19 by UN Women and WHO – Download here.

DocuSAFE: the free app which allows collection of abuse evidence by a survivor by National Network to End Domestic Violence – See here.

Helping survivors of violence seek justice through forensic science in the West Bank by UN Women – See here.


WAVE Webinar Series on COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The Situation of Women’s Support Services during the pandemic and the response of our member organizations (with focus on technology usage to e.g. counsel at a distance)
  • The current political situation and policy making with focus on the status of women

Find all the materials here.

Webinar Series on COVID-19 pandemic by Global Network of Women’s Shelters and Asian Network of Women’s Shelters – See here.

COVID-19 specific Step Up! Campaigning Materials

The WAVE Step Up! campaign’s effort to disseminate relevant contacts and information as much as possible in order to reach all the women who are in the need of help:

The WAVE Step! Up Campaign has created 3 templates in order to ease distribution of important information about emergency women’s helplines and other services on your organisation’s social media:

You can download the templates here.

You can see the update of the information shared with the Step! Up Campaign template on our FB page here.

We are kindly asking you to follow the steps listed below:

Please write and include relevant information in the template’s blank spaces (e.g. how to contact your organisation remotely, helpline numbers, additional services for women experiencing violence due to COVID-19, information on how to behave and what to do in case a woman is in a dangerous situation at home). To add the relevant information you can use editing picture websites (e.g.

Please, post the pictures on your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) remembering to mention and tag @WAVE Step! Up Campaign and @WAVE Network. We will then share it on our social media as well.