Crisis response

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Ardern becomes New Zealand's most popular PM in a century: poll
Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s most popular prime minister in a century, a Newshub-Reid Research poll showed on Monday, thanks to her COVID-19 response that made the country among the most successful in curbing the spread of the disease. The...
Friday, May 15, 2020
Respond, restructure, recover: Women and the COVID-19 response in the Caribbean
CIWiL is interested in collecting feedback from you on topics for discussion for a webinar series on COVID-19 and its impact on Caribbean Women. Rsvp here.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Gender and COVID-19
Background Pandemics and outbreaks have differential impacts on women and men. From risk of exposure and biological susceptibility to infection to the social and economic implications, individuals’ experiences are likely to vary according to their...
Friday, May 15, 2020
A ‘feminine’ crisis? Something unique about the coronavirus may be widening the political gender gap
By Danny Westneat, I’ve been getting a barrage of feedback on the big bind we have facing us — which is when, and how, we should go back to normal life and work amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus. Most of the hundreds of emailers or...
Friday, May 15, 2020
Without gender data, we leave critical COVID-19 clues on the table
By Björn Andersson, Mohammad Naciri, Any new and highly infectious pathogen triggers a world of worry, with a slew of questions to which there are no immediate answers. From HIV to Ebola and from severe acute respiratory syndrome to Middle East...
Friday, May 15, 2020
As women make up only 6% of Parliament, gender equality is still a long way off in Iran
On 21 February 2020, the people of Iran went to the polls to vote for 290 seats in the Islamic Consultative Assembly. The most recent parliamentary elections, held every four years in Iran, resulted in the formation of a parliamentary body with only...
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Holly Richardson: Having a seat at the table does not mean having a voice
By Holly Richardson , “After years spent analyzing lab and real-life settings to determine what it takes for a woman to really be heard — to truly be perceived as competent and influential — these professors have found the same truth: for women,...
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Effective Leadership in the Time of COVID-19
Featuring: H.E. Emily Haber, Ambassador of Germany to the U.S. H.E. Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the U.S. H.E. Rosemary Banks, Ambassador of New Zealand to the U.S. Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer Executive Director, Georgetown...
Friday, May 08, 2020
Roundtable discussion: Safeguarding elections amid COVID-19
Across the globe, more than 50 elections have already been postponed due to COVID-19, and, in some cases, there is a risk that elections will be postponed indefinitely. Some governments may hold elections in a manner and time that benefits the...
Friday, May 08, 2020
Dateci Voce: Italian women demand voice in Covid-19 fight
Women in Italy have demanded a greater role in the country's official response to the coronavirus outbreak. Italy has one of the highest coronavirus death tolls in Europe, with almost 30,000 fatalities. Yet the Civil Defence's daily briefings on the...
Thursday, May 07, 2020
The pandemic recasts gender inequality
By Cathy Young, Amid a life-and-death health emergency and an economic crisis, the culture-war issues that dominated America’s national conversation a short time ago have receded — but not completely. Some argue, for instance, that gender inequality...
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Women’s Leadership for the Post COVID-19 Era
Amplified women’s voices of all generations can set the pathway towards Generation Equality where women's leadership is no longer an exception but the norm. This is why UCLG Women calls on the local, regional, national, and international...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
A shaken world demands balanced leadership
By Rick Zedník, In late March, as Covid-19 killed hundreds of Americans each day, Donald Trump referred to himself as a “wartime president”. Within days, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “every one of us is enlisted” to “fight”, before he...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Sugarcoating and brutal honesty: How leaders are handling coronavirus crisis
By Megan Specia, World leaders have spent the past several weeks grappling with the unexpected, as country after country has seen the coronavirus arrive at its borders and an outbreak has exploded into a pandemic. With the virus endangering citizens...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Coronavirus magnifies silence around sexism and gender inequality
By Tim Libretti, One can find in the media many important analyses and accounts of the way the coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the myriad inequities plaguing U.S. society. The most opulent among us can shelter in place and not have...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Australia: Women at the frontline (and the rear) of COVID-19
Laura Moorby has never been busier. She’s a Relationship Manager for ANZ in the Australian Capital Territory and her customers heard the bank would assist them with loan repayment suspensions and other relief measures in response to COVID-19. Her...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Women’s leadership in the post COVID-19 era: A perspective from local and regional governments
In this year 2020, the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Action Platform was to be celebrated and it was because of the global COVID-19 pandemic that the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) to be held in March...
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Katrín Jakobsdóttir highlights COVID-19 gender equality concerns
The Icelandic Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, participated in a UN conference on the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality and the status of women, Fréttablaðið reports. She highlighted the increased risk of domestic violence, the pivotal role...