The United Nations has cautioned Governments that global efforts to recover from the Covid19 pandemic are under threat as women are excluded from critical decision-making processes and roles.
An analysis by the UN reveals that they risk being overlooked in coronavirus responses with more than 10% of official taskforces made up entirely of men. The findings from the UN Development Programme disclosed that only 6% of coronavirus task forces, responsible for coordinating government responses to the deadly virus, have equal numbers of men and women, while 11% have no women at all.
According to Achim Steiner, UNDP’s administrator, women have to be given a fundamental role in the process of decision-making as it affects the future of humanity.
“The pivotal decisions being made today will affect the well-being of people and planet for generations to come. Sustainable recovery is only possible when women are able to play a full role in shaping a post-COVID-19 world that works for all of us” He said.
The analysis is as a result of the poor economic situation many countries are suffering due to the impact of COVID-19, which UNDP estimates could push another 105 million women and girls into poverty by 2030. Recommendations towards remedy can be drawn from improvements women bring to governments when appointed as they become more responsive and accountable in the quality of public services, particularly around health, childcare and violence against women, significantly improves.