Actor and UN girls goodwill ambassador Anne Hathaway as we speak mentioned the world has taken nice strides in empowering girls and women throughout sectors and generations, however there are nonetheless some areas for enchancment, reminiscent of in Afghanistan the place “violent extremist misogyny” is rampant.
“We’re at a worldwide crossroads with proof that that is each essentially the most promising and most terrifying second in latest reminiscence. On one hand, the Era Equality Discussion board in Paris, led to greater than 1,000 commitments to motion and $40 billion pledged to empower girls and women throughout sectors and throughout generations. On the opposite, the Taliban and Afghanistan are displaying us violent extremist misogyny writ giant, underlining simply how rapidly progress in direction of gender equality could be reversed,” Ms Hathaway mentioned at a session on gender throughout the ongoing UN Normal Meeting.
Ms Hathaway highlighted the devastating results of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls and their livelihood. “Internationally girls misplaced their jobs and revenue to tackle childcare and homeschooling. Conventional gendered family roles quickly grew to become preeminent,” she mentioned.
She mentioned even earlier than the pandemic, globally, girls have been doing thrice as a lot unpaid care work as males and “girls grew to become the shock absorbers for the disaster” with 59 per cent reporting that they spent much more time on unpaid home work because the pandemic started.
Ms Hathaway mentioned this state of affairs wanted to alter and whereas the world has now begun to recognise caregiving work as important throughout disaster, it was vital to again that recognition with insurance policies and actions.
“We have to correctly assist and reward that work, placing care on the centre of a sustainable and simply economic system. One that may assist everybody to flourish. We have now a generational alternative and an crucial to make use of the restoration to form a greater, extra gender equal and sustainable world. One which will lastly be resistant to the reversal of progress,” Ms Hathaway mentioned.
“Our actions and choices now decide that future. I do know that as we speak we’ll hear from thought leaders, enterprise leaders and coverage makers who can assist take us there. We’re relying on you,” she mentioned.
Ms Hathaway was appointed UN Girls Goodwill Ambassador in June 2016. She has labored with a number of NGOs throughout the globe on girls and kids’s rights. She additionally serves on the advisory board for Lollipop Theatre Community, an organisation that screens films in hospitals for paediatric sufferers affected by persistent or life-threatening sickness.