Spotlight on gender, COVID-19 and the SDGs: Will the pandemic derail hard-won progress on gender equality?
This Spotlight paper presents the latest evidence on the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights potential and emerging trends, and reflects on the long-term impact of the crisis on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It tries to answer the question: Will the pandemic derail hard-won progress on gender equality? Will the pandemic derail hard-won progress on gender equality?
COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency of international concern and a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. This global threat to health security underscores the urgent need to accelerate progress on achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 and the need to massively scale up international cooperation to deliver on SDG 3. It also reveals what is less obvious, but no less urgent: how health emergencies such as COVID-19, and the response to them, can exacerbate gender inequality and derail hard-won progress not only on SDG 3 but on all of the SDGs.
This document was originally published on the UN Women website.