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UN highlights women's response to COVID-19

United Nations, Mar 4 - Some of the most efficient responses in the world to the COVID-19 pandemic are led by women, an achievement highlighted today by the UN while advocating for them to have a greater presence in power structures.

This is how the executive director of UN Women, PhumzileMlambo-Ngcuka, expressed through her official Twitter account, who also called to join the global Generation Equality campaign.

Ahead of International Women's Day, on March 8, this United Nations entity is preparing an interactive virtual event, in which the participation of the secretary general of the multilateral organization, AntónioGuterres, is expected.

For this year, the theme, Women leaders: For an equal future in the world of COVID-19, was chosen.

On this date, join us in advocating for more women leaders in government, Mlambo-Ngcuka convened.

She also called for equality and the leadership of women in different spheres.

Today, women are heads of state and government in only 20 nations of the world.

While only in 14 countries on the planet, they represent 50 percent or more of the members of the government cabinet, according to data from UN Women.

In addition, women are at the forefront of the response to the health crisis as health workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers, and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in the fight against the pandemic.

But too many now face an increase in domestic violence, unpaid caregiving, unemployment and poverty.

Despite this, UN Women highlights, they constitute the majority of frontline workers. (Text and photo: PL)