Fuelling equity through education
By Cicely Belle Blain
Photography by Christy Schmid
MORE DOMESTIC LABOUR, GREATER RISK OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, HIGHER RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT, WORSE MENTAL HEALTH.
These are the experiences of women in 2020. The global health crisis is exacerbating gender inequality worldwide.
“Limited gains in gender equality and women’s rights made over the decades are in danger of being rolled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
The pandemic has cast a spotlight on the importance of gender equality for the safety, well-being and inclusion of women and girls. For women living in remote and rural communities, geography further compromises their health, safety and financial freedom.
“The gender digital divide in rural areas has magnified women’s and girls’ marginalization, limiting their access to distance education, essential services, digital finance and life-saving information during the crisis,” writes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, in her statement for the International Day of Rural Women.