International Women’s Day 2021 – Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world
08 March 2021
International Women's Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also making a call to action for strengthening gender equality and accelerating women’s empowerment.
The theme this year is Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. It celebrates the remarkable efforts by women and girls around the globe to shape a more equitable future and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
FAO, IFAD and WFP are organizing two events:
The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded vulnerabilities and exacerbated existing gender inequalities. It has affected women and men differently. Women stand on the front lines of this crisis, as health care workers, community organizers, innovators, and national leaders who combat the pandemic and its various effects. However, the pandemic is also having a devastating impact on women’s lives.
The COVID-induced increase in gender-based violence has been referred to as the “shadow pandemic” and has disproportionately affected women and girls. Furthermore, school closures and the disruption of services have massively increased women’s workloads. Assessments of COVID-19 responses have indicated that women’s’ concerns are rarely prioritized, which highlights the need to include women at all levels, from decision making to evaluation.
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