Actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway said today the world has made great strides in empowering women and girls across sectors and generations, but there is still areas for improvement, such as in Afghanistan where “violent extremist misogyny” is endemic.
“We are at a global crossroads with evidence that this is both the most promising and terrifying time in recent memory. and girls across sectors and across generations. On the other hand, the Taliban and Afghanistan show us a violent extremist misogyny in the broad sense, highlighting how quickly progress towards gender equality can be reversed, ”Ms. Hathaway said in a session on the kind over the current UN. General assembly.
Ms Hathaway highlighted the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and their livelihoods. “All over the world, women have lost their jobs and their income to care for children and home schooling.
She said that even before the pandemic, globally women did three times as much unpaid care work as men and that “women have become the shock absorbers of the crisis” with 59% saying they are still spending more time in unpaid housework since the pandemic. has begun.
Ms Hathaway said that scenario had to change and as the world now began to recognize the work of caregiving as essential during the crisis, it was important to support this recognition with policies and actions.
“We need to properly support and reward this work, placing care at the center of a sustainable and just economy. An economy that can help everyone thrive. We have a generational opportunity and an imperative to use the recovery to shape a better, more equal and sustainable world – a world that could finally be safe from reversal of progress, “said Ms. Hathaway.
“Our actions and decisions now determine that future. I know that today we will hear from thought leaders, business leaders and policy makers who can help us get there. We are counting on you,” she declared.
Ms. Hathaway was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in June 2016. She has worked with several NGOs around the world on the rights of women and children. She also sits on the advisory board of Lollipop Theater Network, an organization that shows films in hospitals for pediatric patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.