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The Arctic COVID-19 Gender Response Tracker

The Arctic COVID-19 Gender Response Tracker (COVID-GEA Tracker) methodology is based on the UNDP-UNW COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker co-created by UNDP and UN Women.

The COVID-GEA Tracker monitors policy measures introduced by the Arctic countries' governments to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on gender-responsive policies. These policies directly address women's economic and social security, including unpaid care work, the labor market, gender empowerment, as well as violence against women. In addition, the COVID-GEA Tracker includes information about COVID-19 Task Forces, particularly highlighting gender composition. More information about the UN Women methodology is available here.

The COVID-GEA Tracker presents policies starting March 1, 2020. It includes national measures for Canada, Finland, Greenland (data for Greenland are currently not readily accessible; thus, the Tracker provides information about policy measures for the Kingdom of Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. While most existing trackers primarily focus on indicators at the national level, the novelty of the COVID-GEA Tracker is that, in addition to national policies, it is designed to aggregate COVID-19 measures implemented by selected regional and municipal governments. As a showcase of different levels of governance, the dataset uses the examples of Iceland, Russia, and the United States – to test a new approach. For the United States, it highlights measures at the state (Alaska) level and municipal level (cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and town of Nome). For Iceland – the municipal level (city of Akureyri and town of Húsavík). For Russia, it covers the regional (Nenets and Chukotka Regions) and municipal (city of Naryan-Mar and town of Pevek) levels.

The COVID-GEA Tracker is based on publicly available information, including official documents, the UN COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker data, and the research findings by the COVID-GEA research project's team.

Reference to this database should read as follows:

Arctic COVID-19 Gender Response Tracker Policy Measures Dataset. Living database, version 1 (October 17, 2023). COVID-GEA Project. Accessible at

A direct link to the Tracker:

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