COVID-19 has shown the economy depends on women’s unpaid work. Short-term responses should be rolled into systemic change, according to experts at the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
To remedy the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on women and girls, look to education, Amel Karboul writes. Better-educated women are the key to driving development and lifting communities out of poverty.
COVID-19 continues to amplify food systems gaps. Building back better must include strengthening food supply chains; doing so sustainably requires rethinking business as usual, World Vision US explains.
To commemorate World Social Justice Day on Feb. 20, Devex talked to three women leaders to find out why women are still not represented equally, how they're working to change that, and what advice they have for future leaders.
Following reports of alarming levels of sexual assault in the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, Devex visits the refugee camps in eastern Sudan to document how survivors are coping with unwanted pregnancies and widespread trauma.
Despite a recent law banning FGM in Sudan, gender advocates say a shift in cultural mindset is still needed. Devex visits an island community on the Nile that has publicly and unanimously vowed to no longer cut its girls.
Dr. Anita Zaidi, the first president of Gender Equality at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation tells Devex, “I’ve thought a lot about how we design systems of care that don’t work for women, and how global health actually doesn’t work for women.”
Against a backdrop of uneven progress toward equality for women and girls, data and development professionals call for greater investment to ensure COVID-19 recovery includes gender in decision-making.
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