Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwis
University of Pennsylvania Law School and Hillary Clinton Fellow at Georgetown University
Rangita thanks Dean Theodore Ruger of Penn Law for his support.
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said:
- Timour Azhari, Lebanon passes landmark sexual harassment law, AL JAZEERA (Dec. 21, 2020) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/21/lebanons-parliament-approves-landmark-sexual-harassment-law.
I urge governments to put women and girls at the centre of their efforts to recover from COVID-19. That starts with women as leaders, with equal representation and decision-making power. Nearly 60 percent of women around the world work in the informal economy, earning less, saving less, and at greater risk of falling into poverty. As markets fall and businesses close, millions of women’s jobs have disappeared. At the same time as they are losing paid employment, women’s unpaid care work has increased exponentially as a result of school closures and the increased needs of older people. These currents are combining as never before to defeat women’s rights and deny women’s opportunities.