Mr. Guterres highlighted the contribution of women to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, hailed the ideas, innovations and activism that are changing our world for the better, and welcomed more women leaders from all walks of life.
However, as the UN chief pointed out, women and girls have often borne the brunt of the consequences of the spread of the virus around the world, which has notably led to the exclusion of girls and women from schools and workplaces, led to an increase in poverty and violence, and seen women doing the vast majority of the world’s unpaid but essential care work.
To remedy the situation, Mr. Guterres called for guaranteed quality education for every girl, massive investments in training and decent work for women, effective action to end gender-based violence and care. universal health.
Other measures recommended by the UN chief include gender quotas, which could allow the world to benefit from more female leaders.
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Women and climate action
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future”, highlighting the fact that women bear a disproportionate burden of the impacts of the climate crisis and need to be at the heart of solutions for a sustainable planet. .
The Action Coalition for Feminist Action for Climate Justice is helping to make that happen. The Coalition, which brings together governments, private sector companies, the United Nations system and civil society, is part of a campaign to spur global action and investment, with a focus on financing gender-just climate solutions.
These include increasing women’s leadership in the green economy, building the resilience of women and girls to climate impacts and disasters, and increasing the use of data on gender equality and development. weather.
To learn more about how women are leading the fight against the climate crisis, read our feature series, “Women are building a sustainable future”.