From recovery to transformation: High-level launch of the UNDP-UN Women COVID-19 Global Policy Tracker on Gender Equality
The launch event will present the new COVID-19 Global Policy Tracker on Gender Equality, currently the only tool monitoring the gender sensitivity of national policy measures in response to COVID-19. Co-created by UN Women and UNDP, the tracker includes analysis of four critical policy areas: social protection measures, labour market measures, fiscal and economic support measures, and prevention and response to violence against women. It will contribute to global knowledge on policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic with a gender lens and provide rich information on policy options. The launch of the Global Policy Tracker will be accompanied by a new policy brief, which will analyse the data, summarize the major findings and provide recommendations. Participants in the launch event include UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, and representatives from Member States (at Ministerial level), civil society and academia.
Despite the substantive contributions of women to address the COVID-19 crisis and recovery, the pandemic is exacerbating gender inequalities, with disparities seen in health, education, economic security, the digital divide, and more. These inequalities are fueled by deeply entrenched social norms and unequal power relations. Governments have taken unprecedented measures to respond to the crisis, and many have championed innovative measures to contribute to gender-responsive recovery, as well as to go beyond recovery and ‘build back better’ societies and economies for all.
The COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker is the only tool currently available that assesses the gender sensitivity of national policy measures to respond to the crisis. At this launch event, UNDP and UN Women will share trends and analysis from the new tracker and discuss the way forward for gender-responsive COVID-19 recovery in a high-level panel with government representatives, academia and civil society.
Moderator: Anne Marie M. Goetz – Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University
Achim Steiner – Administrator, UNDP
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – Executive Director, UN Women
Building back better and gender-equal societies: What the Global Tracker reveals:
Raquel Lagunas –Director Gender Equality ai, UNDP
Sarah Hendriks –Director of Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Support Division, UN Women
Intensifying efforts: what can we do towards prosperous recovery for all?
Rasmus Prehn – Minister of Development Cooperation, Denmark
Elisabeth Gomez Alcorta – Minister of Women, Genders and Diversity, Argentina
Mariana Mazzucato – Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Professor of Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London
Hakima Abbas – Executive Director, AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development)
Interpretation available in Spanish, French and Arabic