The importance of gendering both development and public health policies is well established. COVID-19 has made clearer than ever the impact of gender norms, gendered institutions on policy-making, gendered financing for development at national, regional and international levels, as well as the gendered differences of standard state responses to COVID-19. In this chapter, we position our contribution within wider feminist debates on gender and development and gendered political economy, paying particular attention to how gender is understood within development policies. While we problematize the narrow definition of gender commonly employed in COVID-19 policy responses, we explain our decision to focus primarily on women (and girls) as a gendered category in this book. In doing so, we also highlight aspects of intersectionality and argue that we should not treat women and girls as a homogenous vulnerable group but instead we should explore this group at a deeper level of analysis to understand the vulnerable characteristics and categories within this group, including: ethnicity, age, status, sexuality and/or disability.
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