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Category: Discovery & Impact

Title: New Georgetown Research: Status of Women Reveals Pandemic Preparedness

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The INFORM Epidemic Risk Index – an initiative of the European Commission – identifies countries at a high risk of a humanitarian crisis that are more likely to be overwhelmed and require assistance in the event of an epidemic-related disaster.

‘Complex Puzzle’

INFORM is based on risk concepts published in scientific literature and looks at three dimensions of risk – hazards and exposure, vulnerability and lack of coping capacity.

The overall association between the WPS Index and INFORM Epidemic Risk indices revealed a strong negative correlation of -0.86.

“Our findings are clearly just part of a very complex puzzle,” Jeni observed, “but clearly underline the importance of progress to address longer-term issues associated with gender equality beyond the current crisis, so we are better prepared for future challenges.”

Read the full “What Can the WPS Index Tell Us About Global Risks like COVID-19?”report.