Women’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women

Men outnumber women three to one across COVID-19 government task forces around the world. Such disproportionate representation will hamper women’s recovery from the pandemic, according to new data released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at the University of Pittsburgh. As the world marks one year of the pandemic, women, on average, still make up only 24 per cent of members among 225 COVID-19 task forces examined across 137 countries, as shown by the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker tool…

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ASEAN, Canada and UN Women jointly launch a 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Canada and UN Women jointly launched today a 5-year programme to expand and strengthen women’s leadership and participation in conflict prevention, resolution and recovery in South-East Asia. The CAD 8.5 million (USD 6.36 million) programme, “Empowering women for sustainable peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN”, is funded by Global Affairs Canada with the support of UN Women as a lead UN partner. “Canada is proud to launch this flagship initiative that uses the women, peace and security approach to promote…

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18 new leaders join bold global drive for gender equality: Organizations join forces ahead of landmark 2021 Generation Equality Forum

Eighteen new organizations have stepped up to steer Generation Equality ‘Action Coalitions’ – innovative partnerships of member states, corporations, youth-led, civil society and international organizations and philanthropies, designed to propel a dramatic acceleration in gender equality. These leading organizations are part of a major drive towards action and commitments on women and girls’ rights in the run up to 2021’s Generation Equality Forum. The Generation Equality Forum is convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the Governments of Mexico and France in partnership with youth and civil society. It will…

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UN Women data reveals women’s leadership is far from equal and under threat by the pandemic; sharpens imperative for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum

UN Women is intensifying its preparations for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum amidst a back-drop that shows women’s rights and leadership are under threat, and even more exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current projections show that gender equality in the highest positions of power will not be reached for another 130 years. This year’s International Women’s Day rings the alarm on rising threats to gender equality and highlights the need to build back better for a more gender-equal future. The official UN commemoration, under the theme of “Women in…

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Private sector companies support International Women’s Day and amplify UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign

Throughout the month of March, a variety of private sector companies are partnering with UN Women to support International Women’s Day and further amplify the Generation Equality campaign. In response to annual calls from the private sector as to how they can do more for women and girls, these companies will be sharing their expertise, platforms and audiences to spread the message of gender equality and how we can all do our part. Click here to donate much needed funds for women and girls around the world. Fast Retailing will…

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