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COVID-19 has had strong effects on our society’s structural weaknesses, attacking our economies precisely where we are most vulnerable. According to data from the World Economic Forum, the pandemic increased the time it will take to close the global gender gap from 99.5 years to 135.6. 

Evidence shows that when women are left behind economies shrink, and when they are empowered, all of society benefits. Yet the pandemic exacerbated existing gender gaps that we let fester. There is an urgent need for policymakers to reduce the burden of unpaid care work, strengthen women’s labor force participation and take steps to ensure social protection schemes reach the hands of women. This statement highlights the urgency to prioritize gender equality in the rebuilding of the economy for the benefit of women, girls, and society.

Supporting women and girls will not only aid those most affected by this crisis, it will build stability and opportunity for all.

This important initiative was led by the Director of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Baroness Minouche Shafik. Join Baroness Shafik and the other signatories as they call on global governments to include women in their plans for economic recovery.

Click the link below to access full statement:

London School of Economics and Political Science

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