International Women’s Day 2021—Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world

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The FINANCIAL — As we mark International Women’s Day, we celebrate women’s roles in the significant-but-unfinished progress towards gender equality and recognize the leadership and contributions of women in response to the COVID-19 pandemic according to World Bank.

At the same time, data indicate that gender gaps are widening following the pandemic and its effects, and that gains in women’s and girls’ accumulation of human capital, economic empowerment, and voice and agency, painstakingly built over past decades risk reversing.

The good news is that women are stepping up – alongside men – to both mitigate and reverse these effects. They are using innovation and new knowledge to put women at the center of building more inclusive, sustainable and resilient economies which can better withstand future shocks.

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