COVID 19 has disproportionately affected women and girls, particularly those who face multiple inequalities due to income, race, geographic location, age, disability, migration, and health status.  

 Women leadership and the wide-reaching participation of women’s rights organisations are essential to ensure that the needs of women and other marginalized groups are prioritized in the immediate response, as well as in recovery and resilience measures.  (UN Women. COVID 19 and Women’s Leadership; From an Effective Response to Building Better)

 8 March 2021 is International Women’s Day.  This is a day for the world to celebrate the courage and determination of the women who changed history, as well as acknowledge those who will advance gender equality into the future.

However, International Women’s Day is not simply an occasion to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace, and development. It is also an opportunity to continue to find ways to unite, network and mobilise for meaningful change.

Read More: IEU Speaks International Women’s Day