The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has spread to almost every corner of the planet. It poses a threat to everyone, and no one is safe from the deadly virus. However, the pandemic poses is more dangerous for certain people, even though the virus might not be. This includes people who, because of their gender, profession, race, socio-economic background, have to face the brunt of the pandemic.
Due to various reasons, the pandemic is more dangerous for women. These reasons include their professions, their role in society, et cetera.
Now, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has spoken up about it.
WHAT DID ANTONIO GUTERRES SAY ABOUT WOMEN AND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC?
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to ensure the gendered effects of COVID-19 in their attempts to recover from the virus.
He said that the progress made with regards to gender equality and women’s rights faced a threat from the pandemic.
“I urge governments to put women and girls at the centre of their efforts to recover from COVID-19. That starts with women as leaders, with equal representation and decision-making power.”
Moreover, he also talked about governments’ efforts to boost the economy needed special focus on women.
“Measures to protect and stimulate the economy, from cash transfers to credits and loans, must be targeted at women. Unpaid care work must be recognized and valued as a vital contribution to the economy.”
However, he did not stop at the economic effects of the pandemic. He went on to talk about the surge in cases of domestic violence across the world during the pandemic.
“The pandemic has also led to a horrifying increase in violence against women. Nearly one in five women worldwide has experienced violence in the past year. Many of these women are now trapped at home with their abusers, struggling to access services that are suffering from cuts and restrictions. This was the basis for my appeal to governments earlier this week to take urgent steps to protect women and expand support services.”