UN Bemoans Covid-19 Impact On Women

THE United Nations (UN) has bemoaned the negative impact the Covid-19 world pandemic has brought on women world over.

HealthTimes Reporter

In a statement which opened this year’s the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), UN said the pandemic has impacted women disproportionately.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women disproportionately – from loss of jobs to rise in violence against women and unpaid care work. Although women are at the front line of COVID-19 response as healthcare workers, innovators and leaders, their contributions remain less visible and less valued. Only 3.5 per cent of COVID-19 task forces across 87 countries had gender parity.

“So, what happens when women lead? Evidence shows that when women are in power, they invest in often-overlooked policy measures – from expanding healthcare and education to green economies and ending violence against women – that ultimately build sustainable and resilient futures,” reads the statement.

UN also emphasized that there was need for women to take the center and leading roles as they make better decisions in addressing pressing issues which include inequalities.

“Building back better from COVID-19 needs women at the center, leading, making decisions that serve the planet, address inequalities, and achieve equal power-sharing.

Achieving gender equality in leadership and decision-making is possible. Gender quotas in legislatures and other sectors, zero tolerance to violence, special measures that enable women to enter the political pipeline, and dedicated funding to women’s organizations, have proven to be catalytic in bringing change,” reads the statement.

CSW is UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, will take place from 15 to 26 March under the theme “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”

Newly released data shows that progress to achieve gender equality in public life and decision-making has been too slow as women make only 25% of parliamentarians globally, and only three countries have 50 % or more women in parliament. The statistics also shows that less than one per cent of parliamentarians are women under 30 years of age.

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