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Today in Foreign Affairs, I made the case that an effective response to COVID-19 must consider the needs of women and girls. Equality can't wait—especially when it will help us end this pandemic and build a more resilient future.
Below is a short preview of the piece. I hope you take a moment to read it and share in the comments what kind of world you want for women and girls on the other side of this crisis.
It began as a mysterious disease, a novel coronavirus soon designated SARS-CoV-2. As countries shut down their economies to slow its spread, it became a global recession as well. Then, in April, the United Nations warned of another dimension to the emergency—a "shadow pandemic" of violence against women raging behind closed doors.
History teaches that disease outbreaks—from AIDS to Zika to Ebola—play out with a certain grim predictability. As they infect societies, they expose and exploit existing forces of marginalization, seeking out fault lines of gender, race, caste, and class. It is no coincidence, for example, that in the United States, Black Americans are dying at disproportionate rates. Nor that, although more men are dying of COVID-19, the broader impacts of this crisis threaten to disproportionately affect women's lives and livelihoods.
Every day brings new examples of the ways in which women are being left behind by the world's response to the pandemic. There are women in labor being turned away from overburdened hospitals; domestic workers whose lost income won't be replaced by stimulus funding; adolescent girls who cannot continue their education online because their communities frown at the sight of a phone in the hands of a woman.
Every day brings new examples of the ways in which women are being left behind by the world's response to the pandemic.
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