A pandemic amplifies and heightens all existing inequalities. With COVID-19 this is even more so. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex.
These impacts risk reversing limited gains made on women’s rights in the past decades.
At the same time, women are critical to our resilience and recovery. Placing women’s economic recovery at the centre of our short-term responses and longer-term recovery and rebuilding will make these efforts more effective, and contribute to building the inclusive, equal, and more resilient societies we need coming out of this crisis.