Decelerating Adverse Impact Of COVID19 On Women And Children Is Critical For Gender Equality: UNESCO Experts

The Summit discussed the challenges currently faced by women and girls worldwide because of the COVID-19 pandemic and how to address them.

“Decelerating the adverse impact of COVID-19 on women and children and transforming the role of girls and women in the post-pandemic era is critical for gender equality,” said the gender-equality leaders, who participated in the Global Summit for Gender Related UNESCO Chairs and Networks (W36), virtually from India.

The W36 Global Summit reached over 46 countries with hundreds of participants and institutions around the world, including 17 UNESCO Chairs in Gender Equality and a total of 54 presentations by various speakers, a celebrity guest of honour, Ava DuVernay and distinguished speakers for UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and New Delhi. 

W36 was organized by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality (CWEGE), a research-focused academic centre for promoting gender equality, in partnership with the university’s AMMACHI Labs, an academic and research centre that brings an interdisciplinary approach to addressing societal challenges.  

The two-day virtual event also featured thematic sessions and group sessions on Science & Technology; Education & Skill Development; Society, Culture & Legal Rights; Health & Nutrition, Safety & Security, Environment & Sustainability; Finance & Economics, and Communication & Leadership.

The leaders of UNESCO agreed that to ensure no woman or girl is left behind, they must make best and sincere efforts to promote gender equality as a cross-cutting agenda in the Sustainable Development Goals all over the world. A joint declaration was presented, emphasizing the importance for UNESCO Chairs and Networks to work together and collaborate with academics, governments, NGOs, and institutions in a variety of sub-areas related to gender equality.

The global summit will be followed by a series of annual summits that illuminate the powerful role women and girls play in the world, and to address priority challenges and to explore solutions that accelerate the achievement of sustainable development goals in many contexts worldwide, including an upcoming Conference on December 6-8th, 2021.

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