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COVID-19 Recovery: Recognizing Women’s Paid and Unpaid Work

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in collaboration with EMD Serono, the healthcare business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for a panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on women’s economic and health security. This public convening of global experts will focus on best practices, innovative solutions, and supportive policies to ensure women have equitable opportunity to financial success, health and safety while at work, and that caregiving is finally front and center in policy discussions. The insights and solutions from this event will be used to inform our upcoming whitepaper, The Lasting Effects of COVID-19 on Women’s Health and Economic Participation.

Date & Time

Thursday
Nov. 4, 2021
9:00am – 10:00am ET

Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating and lasting effects on women’s paid and unpaid work, as well as their health and safety. Globally, women have lost paid work, increased unpaid care work, and risked their own health and well-being as frontline health workers. Women’s health is essential to building and sustaining healthy economies; and as we work to rebuild, the needs of women must be central to any strategic recovery. Without action, COVID-19 is poised to have devastating and long-term impacts on women’s health and economic standing and, by extension, on the health of societies and economies as a whole. Interventions to improve women’s health and status in the workforce must take an intersectional approach to include and address the needs of diverse populations like migrant women, Black, Indigenous, and other women of color, and LGBTQ+ people globally.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in collaboration with EMD Serono, the healthcare business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for a panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on women’s economic and health security. This public convening of global experts will focus on best practices, innovative solutions, and supportive policies to ensure women have equitable opportunity to financial success, health and safety while at work, and that caregiving is finally front and center in policy discussions. The insights and solutions from this event will be used to inform our upcoming whitepaper, The Lasting Effects of COVID-19 on Women’s Health and Economic Participation.

Send questions for our panelists before and during the event to mhi@wilsoncenter.orgFollow the conversation on Twitter at @Wilson_MHI & @EMDSerono and on Instagram at @MaternalHealthInitiative using the hashtag #MHDialogue. Find more coverage of these issues on our blog, NewSecurityBeat.org/Dot-Mom.

Speakers

Lara Ayoub

Co-founder, SADAQA, Jordan; United Nations Communications Specialist for Arab States

Katrina Fotovat

Senior Official and Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Women’s Issues, Department of State

Lynn Taylor

Senior Vice President, Head of Global Healthcare Government & Public Affairs, EMD Serono

Moderator

C. Nicole Mason

President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Hosted By

Maternal Health Initiative

Life and health are the most basic human rights, yet disparities between and within countries continue to grow. No single solution or institution can address the variety of health concerns the world faces. By leveraging, building on, and coordinating the Wilson Center’s strong regional and cross-cutting programming, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) promotes dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers.  Read more

Middle East Women's Initiative

The Middle East Women's Initiative (MEWI) promotes the empowerment of women in the region through an open and inclusive dialogue with women leaders from the Middle East and continuous research.  Read more