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COVID-19 requires gender-equal responses to save economies

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not gender neutral, as it affects men and women differently. Therefore, we must not be gender blind in our responses to the pandemic, or else women will carry a disproportionately higher economic cost than men. Globally, women are more vulnerable to economic shocks wrought by crises such as the coronavirus pandemic.


PRESS RELEASE: United Nations in South Africa meet with diplomats find measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic

Pretoria: The head of the United Nations in South Africa, or the UN Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas, supported by the heads of UN agencies, today held a successful virtual meeting with members of the diplomatic corps based in South Africa to discuss measures to combat COVID-19 in the country. The virtual meeting was attended by about 100 participants including ambassadors, …

UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the death of pioneering  HIV scientist and researcher Gita Ramjee

GENEVA/PRETORIA, 2 April 2020—UNAIDS is shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Gita Ramjee, who died of COVID-19 related complications on 31 March 2020. Her death is an immense loss to the HIV prevention research community. UNAIDS offers its full support to all efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and prevent more loss of life.  “I am deeply saddened …

COVID-19 likely to shrink global GDP by almost one per cent in 2020

Bold and urgent policy measures needed to protect the most vulnerable and promote sustainability.   New York, 1 April – The global economy could shrink by almost one percent this year—0.9 percent—due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and world output could contract further if imposed restrictions on economic activities extend to the third quarter of the year and if fiscal responses …