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UN Secretary General says COVID-19 result of ‘millennia of patriarchy’

UN Secretary General says COVID-19 result of ‘millennia of
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The United Nations Secretary General said the coronavirus pandemic that has swept around  the global infecting millions shows the result of a thousand years of “male-dominated culture.”

“The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys,” the United Nations tweeted on Sunday, quoting comments made by Antonio Guterres in a speech last month.

In the address during a virtual town hall in New York, Guterres said the pandemic had turned the world “upside down” and had a “disproportionate and devastating social and economic impact on women and girls.”

“COVID-19 is deepening existing inequalities, including gender inequality.  Already we are seeing a reversal in decades of limited and fragile progress on gender equality and women’s rights.  And without a concerted response, we risk losing a generation or more of gains,” he said in his remarks on Aug. 31.

He pointed out that women have been on the front-lines of the response to the pandemic as “health-care workers, teachers, essential staff and as carers in their families and communities” but only 30 percent of them are involved in decision-making roles.

Guterres said the results of the “failed policies” have led to the problems in the health-care system, in society and in unequal access to justice and called for an “economic reset to ensure the rights to life, dignity and security for everyone.”

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“We must also emerge from this crisis with women’s equal leadership and representation. The past months have seen a growing recognition in the media and through academic research highlighting what we have known anecdotally for years:  that women leaders are extremely effective,” Guterres said. “Women Heads of State, Ministers for Health, health workers and community leaders are winning widespread recognition for their empathy, compassion, communication and evidence-based decision-making.”

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