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Here’s how to achieve gender equality after the pandemic

Most indicators would suggest it’s the latter, as we’ve spent decades admiring the problem of gender inequity with little to show for our efforts. Not one country in the entire world can say it has achieved equality among the genders. And between 2019 and 2020, we’ve added 55 extra years to the timeline for closing the gender gap in economic equality. We are now an estimated 257 years away from achieving economic gender equity.

If we truly believe that gender equity is the key to global success – and we should because the data overwhelmingly support this conclusion, then now is our time to step up and establish a new, more inclusive world order.

Gender budgeting is the ideal vehicle to drive such a change, and the G20 is the ideal institution to lead the endeavour.

The G20’s moment to stand forward on gender budgeting

The expansive reach of COVID-19’s economic damage requires a massive and coordinated response at the global level. Being that the G20 members represent nearly 80% of the world’s economy, 75% of international trade, and 60% of the global population, we must support their efforts to mitigate the impact of this global pandemic.

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