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United Nations: Covid-19 contributes to another deadly contagion, the patriarchy

Secretary-General António Guterres argued that the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to another "deadly" contagion—the patriarchy.

He noted that women are often "front line" workers, meaning that they are nurses and caregivers, and often serve in menial roles. Additionally, with everyone around the world forced into pandemic-inspired lockdown, women and girls are stuck home with those most likely to abuse them—husbands and fathers.

He called for a prioritization of universal health care for all the people of the world as the first phase, a "health response."

The second phase is "mitigating the social and economic impact of the crisis." By this he means getting money to women through both "formal and informal economies." These would include "cash transfers, credits and loans" that would be prioritized to be given to women to offset the costs of their job losses and their increased role as caregivers.

The final phase of this three-point plan is to build "a better future." Guterres said that: "The pandemic is only demonstrating what we all know: that millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls and boys."

Source: United Nations
Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters.
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