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On International Women’s Day, we must not let a year of Covid reverse decades of progress in gender equality

The global Covid-19 pandemic is more than a year old, and our cities remain on the front line of the emergency response, working to save lives and protect livelihoods across the world. But beneath the numbers reported in each news cycle – the cases contracted and the loved ones lost – rests an unprecedented economic and social crisis. Its impact is wide, deep, and broad, and it disproportionately falls on the shoulders of women and girls.

Every single day, we bear a responsibility, as mayors and global citizens, to take clear and concrete action to close longstanding inequities faced by women, girls, and others. But on International Women’s Day, we have to double down. And in our cities, we are.

Tags: COVID-19, Op-Ed

City: London

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