UN Women calls for enhancing gender equality after COVID-19 pandemic

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has called on the international community to deepen gender equality in order to fill growing gap between men and women when it comes to political leadership and ensure that women have a strong voice in rebuilding economies after the COVID-19 pandemic.   

 In an interview with The Associated Press Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the pandemic has left women facing increasing domestic violence and being laid off from two-thirds of the jobs lost during the coronavirus crisis. In addition, 11 million girls are at risk of never returning to school, child marriage has increased, and there are more orphans and child-headed homes, she said.

“So whatever you touch, women are in a bad space, as a result of the pandemic” and the underlying discrimination “that has always been there," she said. “This therefore suggests that building back better is about gender equality, just as it’s about green economies and any equitable sharing of resources.”

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Source: U.S. News