FP Virtual Dialogue: Gender Equality and the World’s Economic Recovery
A pivotal opportunity for a more just future
Women around the world are shouldering the brunt of the economic and social burdens created by the COVID-19 pandemic, with women more likely to have lost their jobs or been forced to leave the workforce to care for children or loved ones. An estimated 11 million girls worldwide may not return to school as a result of the pandemic. Millions more have been pushed to poverty.
While the crisis has exposed many of the cracks and inequities across our global systems, it can also serve as an opportunity to shape more inclusive, sustainable and resilient approaches to global development. Rather than setting back the cause of gender equality, how can we center women and their rights in the global recovery effort?
As the world gears up for the Generation Equality Forum, Foreign Policy convened leading thinkers and doers across government, civil society and multilateral organizations worldwide to share practical insights and policy recommendations for harnessing the potential of women to drive transformative change locally and globally.
- Examined the gendered impacts of global crises and explored opportunities to accelerate women’s economic recovery, such as through data collection; aid and technical assistance that focuses on safety; support for small businesses, the care economy, and capacity-development of women around the world
- Spotlighted how crisis response and relief efforts can incorporate a gender dimension to spur a more equitable economic recovery
- Illustrated examples of gender-intentional policies and how civil society, governments, and multilateral organizations can contribute to cross-cutting initiatives that put women at the heart of economic recovery and have the reach, scope and scalability for meaningful impact
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For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.