COVID-19 and Gender Equality: A Call to Action for the Private Sector

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting an unprecedented and significant strain on the global economy and public health systems. It is also highlighting and magnifying inequalities and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls. The pandemic has moved beyond a global health crisis and has morphed into a labour market, social and economic crisis, posing a serious threat to women’s employment and livelihoods, especially in precarious informal and non-essential sectors. 

The brief describes how the Women’s Empowerment Principles guide businesses on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community during this time of upheaval and uncertain times. 
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