UN: 'Women are essential in the fight against the pandemic'

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UN: 'Women are essential in the fight against the pandemic'
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4 August 2020
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A woman attends a face mask distribution ceremony in Maputo, Mozambique, on July 31, 2020. The government of Maputo distributed some 13,000 face masks to 4,500.

The full participation of women is essential for an effective response to the Covid-19 pandemic and also in the advancement of peace processes, notes a report released on Monday at the UN.

UN Women and the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs launched a joint policy brief with a series of recommendations in this regard, including better rebuilding after the pandemic with a gender focus.

The brief also provides a preliminary analysis of the impact of the novel coronavirus on women's participation in ceasefires and peace processes.

In support of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for a global ceasefire, the report stresses the importance of the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in such efforts.

As the president of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande warned in July, advances in gender equality are greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and this may mean a significant setback worldwide if inaction in this regard continues.

As part of measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, schools were closed and essential resources for women's health were redirected towards the response to the pandemic, Guterres indicated.

 

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