Women’s Participation Missing At UNGA, In COVID-19 Reporting, Observers, Report Say

Devex: Observers are wondering during UNGA week: Where are all the women?
“…The virtual transformation of the U.N. General Assembly’s opening 75th session has, in some ways, made the forums more accessible and inclusive. Without having to worry about traveling to New York for the action-packed week, many more people can attend. … But at the ministerial level, the sudden reliance on prerecorded video speeches from world leaders during the General Assembly has had another consequence: Women have a noticeably diminished presence…” (Lieberman, 9/23).

The Guardian: Female voices ‘drowned out’ in reporting on Covid-19, report finds
“Women’s voices have been ‘worryingly marginalized’ in reporting of the coronavirus, partly due to the war-like framing of the pandemic, according to a report analyzing stories across six countries. Each woman’s voice in news coverage of the crisis is ‘drowned out’ by at least three men, it said. The report, commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and examining the U.K., U.S., Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and India, said women have been ‘locked out’ of coronavirus decision making at a national level in five of the countries…” (McVeigh, 9/24).

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