Women7 Virtual side event on the margins of the 2022 High Level Political Forum on July 7


July 7, 1.00 – 2.30 p.m. ET // 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. CEST.

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women and girls, delaying the achievement of SDG 5 by another generation – the global gender gap is not expected to close for another 136 years. But the pandemic has also exposed the central role of the care economy. All over the world, it is women’s unpaid and underpaid care work that has been filling existing gaps. COVID-19 recovery thus presents an opportunity for transformative, gender equitable policies that center on the importance of care.

The HLPF is the central United Nations platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. In 2022, the theme for the HLPF is “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

This side event looked at the challenges posed, and opportunities afforded for gender equality by global COVID-19 recovery policies:

What are the central challenges faced by women around the world regarding care work during and since the pandemic?
What are differences and similarities in various contexts and regions?
How could transformative care policies foster a gender just COVID-19 recovery?
What are concrete possibilities and obligations of G7 countries and the international community for that purpose?

These questions were discussed with:

  • Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director UN Women
  • Dr. Petra Follmar-Otto, Director-General for Gender Equality at the German Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • Divya Mathew, Director Policy and Advocacy at Women Deliver and W7 Advisor
  • Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director African Women’s Development and Communication Network
  • Emilia Reyes, Programme Director of Policies and Budgets for Equality and Sustainable Development at Equidad
  • Moderation: Jessica Woodroffe, Director of Gender and Development Network

Please contact info@women7.org for questions or re-watch the recording of the panel discussion below.