Webinar: COVID-19 and Gender Equality: What Can the Private Sector Do?

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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 is moving beyond a global health crisis and morphing 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, and to their mental and physical wellbeing.

The private sector has a responsibility to use its power, influence and resources to protect the rights and physical and mental well-being of employees, as well as to ensure long-term business recovery efforts restore economic stability.

On 30 April 2020, the WE EMPOWER G7 Team hosted "COVID-19 and Gender Equality: What Can the Private Sector Do?" webinar. The panelists and participants discussed how private sector could reduce immediate risks to employees, what are the policies or activities to apply during COVID-19, while also reducing the overall economic impact.

OPENING REMARKS:
Lise Paté, Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Instruments’ Regional Team for the Americas, EU

PANELISTS:
Emily M. Dickens, J.D. Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff, The Society for Human Resource Management
Sara Denby, Head, Unstereotype Alliance Secretariat, UN Women
Anna Fälth, Manager, WE EMPOWER G7 Programme and Head, WEPs Secretariat, UN Women

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