Leave No Women Behind during the COVID 19 pandemic
Friday, 9 July 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (NY Time)

Side Event

Awaz Centre for Development Services with Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), GCAP Zimbabwe, GCAP Sierra Leone, Network of Indigenous Women in Asia (NIWA), Asia Indigenous People’s Pact (AIPP), Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF), Global Forum on DWD (GfoD), Ghana Federation of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, LATINDADD, SDGs Japan

It is evident that the most marginalized communities are doubly suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic – one from the disease and the other from poverty, hunger and inequalities. While the women in general are facing challenges like the loss of jobs in informal sectors, increased domestic violence, rising poverty and hunger etc., the difficulties of women with multiple-discrimination are inexplicable. Women from the indigenous communities, DWD (Discrimination based on work and descent) communities, women with disabilities, elderly women, women refugees, and the new widows whose husbands have passed away due to COVID-19 are going through the ordeal, which needs to get the central attention when the discussion on the safe recovery is afloat. They need proactive social protection from the governments in order to achieve key SDGs like SDG 1, SDG 2, SDG 3, SDG 5, SDG 8, SDG 10, SDG 13 and SDG 16. The side event will discuss the impact of the pandemic on these groups of women highlighting the intersectionality of gender-identity of community identities and deliberate the way forward to building forward better. The recommendations will dwell on inclusive social protection floors and sustainable measures to address the violence on women during and beyond the pandemic through economic and political empowerment.

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