Source: United Nations – France Press
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called Thursday to place women at the center of economic reconstruction efforts as the world grapples with the repercussions of the emerging Corona Virus pandemic, warning that the threat of poverty threatens a large number of women.
Although the mortality rates from the virus are higher for men than for women, Guterres said in a statement that the pandemic “has disastrous social and economic consequences for women and girls.”
“About 60% of women worldwide work in the informal economy, earn less income and save less, and are more likely to fall into poverty. I urge governments to place women and girls at the center of their efforts to recover from the effects of Covid-19,” he said.
In a report attached to the statement, the United Nations indicated that millions of women have lost their jobs and jobs due to the spread of the virus.
Guterres noted that “girls who are out of school now may never return,” saying that “restoring the progress that we have lost may take years.”
Guterres spoke as international powers sought to build strategies to counter this tragedy and the resulting economic meltdown.
The International Monetary Fund Director, Kristalina Georgiev, confirmed on Friday that the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed the world economy into a recession that will require massive funding to help developing countries.
“It is clear that we have entered a recession,” she said in an online news conference. “It will be worse than it was in 2009 after the global financial crisis.”
On Sunday, Guterres called on governments to do more to protect women and girls from family and family violence, which is escalating as hundreds of millions of people around the world remain in their homes.