Policy brief: The impact of COVID-19 on women

The year 2020, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, was intended to be ground-break- ing for gender equality. Instead, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic even the limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back. The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.

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