Women must be ‘front and centre’ of pandemic recovery, UN chief says

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(United Nations News) Women need to be “front and centre” of the pandemic recovery as a matter of economics, efficiency, effectiveness and social resilience, the UN chief told the women’s commission on Tuesday. 

“Male-dominated teams will come up with male-dominated solutions”, Secretary-General António Guterreswarned a virtual town hall with women civil society during the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CWS). 

“We cannot go back to the failed man-made policies that have resulted in the fragility we see around us – in healthcare systems, in social protection, in access to justice, and in the wellbeing of our planet”, he added.  

The UN chief painted a devastating picture of the social and economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women’s rights, particularly the most vulnerable, marginalized and poorest. 

He spoke about gender-based violence, both inside the home and online, as well as the repercussions of school closures and elder care in perpetuating inequalities, along with the inability of 12 million women to access sexual and reproductive health services. 

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