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Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Gendered Analysis
Anam Tahir Hashmi, Mohd Shakir

The objective of this paper is to provide a gendered analysis of mental health considerations during the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic has caused acute health crisis accompanied by various psychological, social, educational and economical ramifications. During this crisis issues like poverty, unemployment, academic stress and social evils such as domestic violence, sexual abuse by intimate partner have constantly been on rise. Additionally, the Covid-19 induced lockdowns and self isolation measures have deteriorated the mental health of people. From the existing literature it may be said that disruptions caused by Covid-19 pandemic have affected the mental health of women more profoundly than men. The situation is quite similar in academic world too. There may be various social, economical and health related factors contributing to the deteriorating mental health of women. Therefore, based on the available literature the paper tries to put forward the probable causes of declining mental health of women and suggest plausible measures for developing good mental health. The paper also discusses the prevalent gender based mental health situation in academic world. Thus, the present study is an attempt to provide a view of mental health condition through gender lens during Covid-19 pandemic. For the present study a comprehensive literature survey was conducted through secondary sources such as, research papers, articles, e-books and different websites. From the analysis of previous studies, it can be said that there is a need for acknowledging the pivotal role played by women at workplace as well as at home further, more efforts are required in order to safeguard mental health and prioritize the safety of women against various social evils.

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