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The pandemic has exposed what women need. Now it’s time to act


The pandemic has exposed what women need. Now it’s time to act

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of UN Women and Melinda Gates hold a high-level summit to discuss women’s agenda

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

The most significant global gathering to take up the cause of women in 25 years is taking a hard look at the obstacles women face — and how the pandemic has worsened these — but also offers some urgent practical redress.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, and Melinda French Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, held a joint briefing on Tuesday evening ahead of the Generation Equality Forum taking place from June 30 to July 2 in Paris.

This high-level summit was supposed to happen in 2020, to mark 25 years since the milestone Women’s Conference in Beijing, but was delayed for a year because of the coronavirus. ..

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