The COVID-19 pandemic asks extraordinary action from us, but we might not know how to respond.

On the 9th of April WWSOSA hosted a webinar “COVID-19 and Gender-based Violence: Towards a Religious Response” where faithleader expressed the need for more resources.

On this page we will share links to resources from various organisations – please also share your material with These are general resources focusing on the faith-based response to COVID-19 as well as material focusing on religion/gender/GBV and COVID 19.

(Posting materials does not mean that WWSOSA endorses all the resources in full or part.)


Faith-based COVID-19 Resources

World Council of Churches COVID-19 Page

South African Council of Churches

Brot für die Welt:

KZN COVID-19 Churches Respond

  • KZN COVID-19 Church Response Theological Truth Detector A tool to help people of faith sift through all the messages about God, COVID-19 and what it all means – to reject those that are not life-giving and use those that truly help us to grow in faith and practical compassion.

Other faith-based resources and resouce collections

Sojourners MagazineCOVID-19 Coverage

WHO: Practical Considerations and Recommendations for Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Communities in the Context of COVID-19

Tearfund: Biblical Resources for COVID-19.

World VisionMitigating Stigma and Fear: Towards an Appropriate Christian Response to COVID-19

Faith, Women, and Human Rights: A Global Dialogue on COVID-19. Report by: Katherine Marshall
“On May 14, 2020, a remarkable (and lengthy) “virtual assembly” took place, co-led by the global interfaith organization Religions for Peace (RfP), the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Branch, and the chair of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The topic was “Confronting COVID-19 from the Prism of Faith, Gender, and Human Rights.” One participant described it as “a dream come true,” bringing together a potentially critical alliance.”

Faith and COVID-19: Resource Repository
This online platform collects and communicates information related to religious actors responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizing information so that it can be quickly found and used by development policymakers and practitioners and religious actors who seek to work together in the COVID-19 response. As a living document it is updated on a regular basis; Jointly managed by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the Joint Learning Initiative, and World Faiths Development Dialogue.

MICAH: COVID-19/Coronavirus Information and Resources. Includes theological reflections, devotionals, raeding recommodations, resources, resources for children, training and learning, health institutions, preayers and more.

Humanitarian Disaster Institute: 

Church of England: Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources

Liturgy National Day of Prayer June 2020

Anglican Resources

The Faith & Positive Change For Children, Families and Communities initiative aims to strengthen UNICEF’s partnership with Faith-Based Organizations in support of results for children globally.

At this moment of crisis, the following thematic guidance documents have been prepared to guide religious leaders and faith communities on the key issues and actions that they can take in preventing and addressing the diseases and its secondary effects. ​The documents have been prepared based on official technical materials from UNICEF, WHO and IFRC and informed by the existing Faith-Based resources. The first three guidance documents (scroll down from link above)are linked are

  • Adapting How We Gather Together, Pray and Practise Rituals: Adaptation of Ceremonies, Burial Practices, Rituals, Hygiene & Handwashing​
  • Communicating to End Misinformation, Discrimination and to Instill Hope: Mental & Spiritual Health, Misinformation and Rumours, Stigma & Discrimination ​​
  • Helping Those Who Are At Risk: Elderly, Homeless, Migrants, People with Disabilities, Pregnant Women and Children​​

Focus on Faith, Gender, and GBV in a time of COVID-19

WWSOSA Kairos Call

WCC Thursdays in Black ambassadors Statement: “We must enable and promote safe spaces for all”
World Council of Churches (WCC) ambassadors of the Thursdays in Black campaign are standing behind a joint statement that urges both awareness and protection from the “dual pandemics” of COVID-19 and gender-based violence.
Read the Statement

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19: How Churches can respond. Mandy Marshall. A joint resource from the Anglican Consultative Council and the Anglican Alliance

The “Faith in Action for Children” campaign aims to strengthen efforts to keep children safe during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Launched by Arigatou International and supported by the World Council of Churches (WCC)

Rebuilding A Just World: Faith Actors Call for Covid-19 Responses to Tackle Gender Inequalities
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many faith actors are on the frontline. Side by Side are standing together with religious leaders and faith-based actors around the world to advocate to governments and civil society, for urgent responses that protect women’s rights and achieve gender equality. We Will Speak Out SA is a member of the global faith-based coalition for gender-justice, Side by Side. We participated in developing the attached statement on the gendered and intersectional dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Joint Statement: Gender, Faith and COVID-19

Restored: Being at home with an abusive partner. Resources and suggestions.

FOCUS SA: Selection of resources on COVID-19, HIV and GBV

Side by Side: Gender, Faith and COVID-19 Resources

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. Technical Note: Protection of Children During the Coronavirus Pandemic (V.2)

Cultivating Series: A series of woman-focused webinar sessions for women of faith to explore the role of faith and women of faith in sexual and gender based violence. These session were presented by Umanyano Lomama on Thursdays during Women’s Month, 2020

Tearfund: Hand in Hand: Bible Studies to Transform Our Response to Sexual Violence

General COVID-19 Resources

WHO Logo  


WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic General Information

WHO Health Emergency Dashboard (COVID-19) Homepage

WHO: Coping With Stress During The 2019-Ncov Outbreak

Home Care for People with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

South African Government




Anglican Communion 20201905-da-covid-19-churches

Fetola COVID-19 Resources (updated daily)
Comprehensive list of resources for business (large and small), SMEs and employees

COVID-19 Civil Society Coalition, Gender and GBV Working Group: Guide to Gender-Sensitive Organising during Covid-19 Pandemic (v2)

Wearing a Mask

Messages for Mothers (M4M) is a online platform to keep mothers informed, connected and encouraged using digital channels.Provides physical and mental health resources.

Coping With Covid: A Guide To Managing Mild Covid 19 Disease At Home. Dr Aysha Kola and Dr Waasila Jassat.

General COVID-19 and GBV Resources

UN: Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women. 9 APRIL 2020

​UN Women – Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on women and Girls:

                   – Shadow Pandemic – Services for women and girl survivors of violence

Genderlinks: Gender and COVID-19 Helpdesk

SA Shelter Movement

Sonke Gender JusticeAn Equity-based Approach to Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. A Document that considers the responsibilities of men in avoiding GBV during Lockdown. 

How To Stop Coronavirus Lockdown Leading To An Upsurge In Violence Against Women

Six Steps For Men To Avoid Domestic Violence

The Communication Initiative Network: Why gender-responsive communication interventions are critical in the battle against COVID-19

Global Union: Recommendations for unions to include women concerns during COVID-19 

Univ: Melbourne & Queen Mary: Intersectional View of Covid 19. Beyond Sex and Gender

Workbook: Conscious COVID-19 Coping Workbook.pdf

CARE + IRC: Gender Analyisis for covid

Jennie Black, chairperson of the Pinetop CPF: Your rights and the responsibilities of the police when you have experienced a gender based violence, rape, domestic violence or assault of any kind.

Fake News and Online Security:

Contacts and Helplines

Lists of professional counsellors to call on or refer people to:

GBVF complaints line: 

Citizens who are not satisfied with the services rendered by the South African Police Service (SAPS), especially with regard to Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), are encouraged to lodge complaints.

Complainants can submit a complaint directly, by visiting their local police station’s community service centre, station commander, district/cluster commander’s office or the provincial complaints co-ordinators inspectorate.

Service complaints can also be lodged at the National Service Complaints Call Centre at 080 033 3177 or by email :

  • Eastern Cape: 040 608 7078 /
  • Free State: 051 411 7804 /
  • Gauteng: 011 274 7786 /
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 031 325 5951/4886 /
  • Limpopo: 015 293 7186 /
  • Mpumalanga: 013 249 1429/1430/1435 /
  • Northern Cape: 053 802 7416 /
  • North West: 018 299 7057 /
  • Western Cape: 021 409 6535 /
  • GBV Service Provision during Lockdown (7 April 2020)

COVID-19 Draft Social Sector Directory 31-March-2020 Version-9


Reading Lists 


Podcasts/Teach-ins/Recorded Conversations


Gender and COVID-19 Resources

To suggest resources to add email Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (

Gender and COVID-19

Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Intersectional Approaches and COVID

Men and COVID-19

LGBTQ, Gender Minorities,  and COVID-19

Women and COVID-19

Including Women in COVID-19 Decision-Making


Economic Insecurity/Employment

Domestic Violence

Domestic Burden/ Care Work

Health Workers

Sexual and Reproductive Health


Development and Humanitarian Settings

Mental Health

Protection of Children and COVID-19

Clinical Trials

Sex Disaggregated Data

Resource Compilations – gender and COVID

General Resources