Building Forward Better Women’s Leadership and Participation in COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Three years after the COVID-19 pandemic was formally declared, the Asia-Pacific region continues to confront burgeoning social and economic impacts that have had profound implications on gender equality. Women are disproportionately affected due to increased risks for gender-based violence and unequal distribution of care and domestic work, among others.

Yet, women have not been included as much as men in creating policies to respond to and recover from the pandemic. Moreover, policy response mechanisms do not incorporate gender analytical data or gender-responsive plans.

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