UN Warns that “Gender Inequality” is a Parallel and Equally Horrific Global Pandemic

Leaders from all over the world will convene in Paris and online on Wednesday to campaign for gender equality. The Forum is a historic gathering organized by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in collaboration with youth and civil society, to advance gender equality.

The United Nations predicted that quarantines and lockdowns would result in 15 million additional incidences of gender-based violence every three months in the early months of the epidemic.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of every three women will suffer violence in her lifetime, and according to the Spotlight Initiative Global Annual Report, violence surged by 83 percent from 2019 to 2020, while incidents recorded to the police increased by 64 percent.

The UN chief added that Violent misogyny has thrived in the shadow of the pandemic, from domestic violence to sexual exploitation, trafficking, child marriage, female genital mutilation, and online harassment.

The COVID pandemic has exacerbated an epidemic of violence against women and girls that already existed. Because of the pervasiveness of violence against women and girls, some people believe it will never end. “This is as outrageous and self-defeating as it is plain wrong,” the UN head said, emphasizing that the Organization has proved that “change is possible” with the help of its partners.

The top UN official said he would urge countries, businesses, and individuals to join a worldwide movement “to remove the fear and insecurity that threatens the health, rights, dignity, and lives of so many women and girls” at the Generation Equality Forum.

The Forum is part of a worldwide campaign led by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France to promote gender equality for girls and boys.

The organizers presented certain facts in advance of the discussions to identify areas where the action is most needed. According to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, women make up half of the population but just 20% of the leadership (ECOSOC). This emphasizes the relevance of feminist movements in advancing women in leadership positions.

Women are also 24 percent more likely than males to lose their jobs, and their income is expected to drop by 50%, making economic fairness and rights critical. Simultaneously, women are 10% less likely than males to have internet access, leaving 433 million women worldwide on the “dark side.”

To guarantee that their views are heard, action must be taken to ensure that they have equal access to technology and education. When it comes to the climate catastrophe, women’s environmental advocacy receives only 3% of charitable environmental money – a pitiful sum for such a massive problem.

The organizers believe that gender-equitable climate action must be developed and that the voices of women who are disproportionately affected by climate change must be heard.

Participants in the forum range from governments to corporations to youth-led organizations to foundations, with the goal of securing concrete, ambitious, and transformative commitments for gender equality, as shaped by the Action Coalitions, which provide the world with a roadmap for gender equality.

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