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Heads of WHO and UN assessed the situation of women in the pandemic

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Both leaders agree that women are more affected by the coronavirus pandemic than men.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, March 8, announced the deterioration of the situation of women in many countries during the coronavirus pandemic.

So, at a briefing in Geneva, Ghebreyesus said that the consequences of the pandemic had a worse effect on women than on men, and noted the key role of the former in treatment and saving lives, since, he said, women make up about 70% of the world's doctors.

“In many cases, women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have witnessed a tremendous increase in violence against women and reduced access to health services related to gender and reproduction,” said the head of WHO, after which he congratulated and thanked women for working in the healthcare sector.

In turn, Guterres, during a speech at the UN headquarters in honor of International Women's Day, said that the situation of women in the world has worsened due to the pandemic, and called for ensuring their equality with men in public and political life.

“The pandemic has aggravated gender inequality, pushed many women into poverty, deprived them of jobs and access to medicine and education.<...> Although women play an important role in the fight against the pandemic, we see a regression in the situation with ensuring their rights,” he stated Secretary-General.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly said the pandemic could undo all gains in gender equality as women were disproportionately affected by the health crisis.

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