March 8 marks International Women’s Day and this year it coincides with the anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, a global health emergency that has upended countless lives all over the world.
Women, however, have been affected disproportionately by the COVID-19 crisis, facing a number of setbacks. Millions have lost their jobs, millions more are dealing with health and security issues and gender-based violence which is on the rise.
But 2021 promises to build back better-with women leading the post-pandemic recovery.
- Mandisa Kalako-Williams is former Secretary-General of the South African Red Cross
- Catherine White is a gender expert at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research
- Ghida Anani is Founder and Director of ABAAD, a Lebanese non-profit organization tackling gender-based violence
- Priyali Sur is a journalist and founder of the Azadi Project, an organization advocating for refugee women
The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on women, ranging from job losses to childcare demands. It's also hit women's finances — especially when it comes to their retirement savings. https://t.co/E652gOx977
— CNN (@CNN) March 8, 2021
Every day, IJM female staff around the world are fighting for women every day and #ChallengingInjustice to make violence against women and children not the norm.
— Intl Justice Mission (@IJM) March 8, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) March 8, 2021