The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to its knees, but the world is also simultaneously rising together in solidarity, in shared resilience and resistance and in new communities of caring. The Beijing+25 moment was meant to celebrate success, take stock of challenges and to renew our ambition and commitments for gender equality. But instead we are in a moment when the multidimensional impacts of the pandemic have worked to deepen pre-existing inequalities and expose vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the pandemic’s effects.
Women, youth groups and civil society organizations have played an active role in responding to the pandemic, but they remain excluded in decision-making bodies that are working to build what they consider to be ‘holistic’ recovery plans. The vast majority of these interventions fails to account for the gendered impacts of COVID-19 and pre-existing inequalities, including heightened gendered poverty, high levels of women’s unemployment particularly among young women, drastic increases in gender-based violence, the unequal distribution of unpaid care work, and the underrepresentation of women in politics.
- Dubravka Šimonović, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
- Amanda Nguyen, CEO & Founder, Rise Now
- Pauline Kenmogne, Executive President, Association Femmes et Enfants (AFE)
- Rahaf Dandash , Caseworker, Anti-Racism Movement Lebanon
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