SEATTLE, Washington — In lieu of a celebration, the 10th anniversary of the United Nation’s Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) movement commenced with a warning: “protect the progress” made thus far. This somber perspective is offered in the wake of evidence that COVID-19 exacerbates gender inequalities, so much to the extent that the pandemic could potentially reverse the positive progress made in areas of women and children’s health. To foster continued support, EWEC has used its anniversary as a platform to revel in its past achievements and to caution that although the present circumstances are challenging, the global community must stand in solidarity to protect human rights. Throughout the future “Decade of Action,” EWEC plans to understand the remaining gaps in healthcare and recommit to the strategies that are known to accelerate positive growth.
The Origin of Every Woman Every Child Movement
The Past Decade of Dedication
The Future “Decade of Action”
The Every Woman Every Child movement plays a significant role in upholding the rights of women and children all over the world. It is the forging of partnerships like these that have the potential to surmount the negative impacts of COVID-19 and reach the goals of the SDGs. As global activist Malala Yousafzai puts it, “The COVID-19 pandemic is a setback but it cannot be an excuse. Our goal should not be to return to the way things were.”
– Anastasia Clausen