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SXSW 2021

Women: Bearing the Impact of COVID-19 Globally

Women are the hardest hit by COVID-19. The pandemic’s economic impacts are most felt by women who are generally earning less or more often getting laid off. Unpaid care work has increased with children out of school. Women’s health is also being impacted as resources are being allocated to fighting the pandemic and with many women putting off doctor visits. On top of stresses and work/life balance influx, some women are facing domestic violence because of forced lockdowns with abusers. Very few organizations besides the UN have a bird’s eye view of how this virus has impacted women globally. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will share more about the burdens females are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 and the measures that need to be taken to better support them.

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  1. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 on women simply by virtue of their sex
  2. The role the UN plays within global pandemics, and the ways in which the public and private sectors must work together to support women everywhere
  3. The long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the lives of women across the globe and socio-economic levels, and the role global citizens everywhere can play



Marielena Santana, SVP, The Sway Effect

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