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Gender inequality, COVID-19, Vaccines and Argentina… Monday’s news

ByMicheal Johnson

Sep 13, 2020

COVID-19: Failure to act immediately runs the risk of backsliding on gender equality

The response to the coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate and devastating social and economic impact on women and girls and has exposed and exacerbated the considerable obstacles women face in achieving their rights and realizing their potential. Monday the General secretary from the ONU

During a virtual meeting dedicated to young women on behalf of civil society organizations, António Guterres said that COVID-19 is deepening the inequities that already existed, such as gender inequality, and that there is a decline in equality and women’s rights that took decades to achieve. “And without an adequate response, we run the risk of losing a generation or more of achievements ”, sentenced.

Among the various impacts that women have suffered during the health crisis, Guterres mentioned gender violence, the low wages they receive, the high representation they have in the area of ​​informal work and in that of unpaid care at home, than increased exponentially as a result of school closings and the needs of older people.

“The protection of the rights of women and girls during this time is a priority for the United Nations,” said Guterres, who outlined three priorities in the response phase to the disease: the health response, mitigate the social and economic impact of the crisis and build a better future for women.

UNDP / Levent Kulu

A health worker tests for the coronavirus.

Between March and June 2020, 90% of the world’s countries experienced interruptions in basic health services, causing a greater impact on nations with low and middle resources, according to a new survey published by the World Health Organization.

According to WHO, most countries reported suspension of many regular and optional services and that cancer detection and treatment and HIV therapy have experienced high-risk interruptions in low-income countries.

“COVID-19 should represent a lesson for all countries that health is not an equation of choosing between “one or the other” option. We must better prepare for emergencies, but also continue to invest in health systems that fully respond to the needs of people throughout their lives, “said the Director of the Organization, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus.

WHO recommends that states reclassify services to identify priorities, conduct patient consultations online, change prescribing practices, and implement other strategies that serve to ensure that public health systems do not abandon those who need them most.

UNICEF / Zhang Yuwei

A 6-month-old baby receives a vaccination at a community health center in Beijing, China.

European Commission joins WHO’s global COVID-19 vaccine initiative

The European Commission expressed its interest in join the COVAX coalition with a donation of 400 million euros. The objective of this WHO global initiative is to promote the development and equitable access of vaccines against COVID-19.

The president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, assured this Monday in a statement that global collaboration is the only way to overcome the pandemic.

The European Union’s participation in the COVAX coalition complements the ongoing negotiations with vaccine companies that aim to increase the manufacturing capacity of vaccine producers, contributing to global efforts.

Detailed terms and conditions for the Union’s participation and contribution to COVAX will be developed in the coming days and weeks.

UN / Argentina

A woman waits for the bus in Buenos Aires.

Argentina suspends deportation of mother of three

He United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child He applauded Argentina’s decision not to deport a mother of three minors who had previously served her sentence for a drug trafficking crime.

The children’s mother, Rosario, is a Peruvian citizen who immigrated to Argentina in 2000 and was arrested upon entering the country for possession of narcotics, sentenced to prison and subject to subsequent expulsion.

After his release in 2003, the Argentine National Directorate of Migration requested his deportation the following year. The woman appealed the decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

During the judicial process, the woman met her partner, with whom she had two daughters, and a son born last year. Rosario notified the authorities of the birth of her children and alleged that their deportation would violate the rights of the minors.

The Supreme Court rejected the review of the case and confirmed Rosario’s expulsion, for which her three children filed a complaint with the Committee in July 2019.

The Committee acted immediately and requested Argentina to take provisional measures to stop the deportation, highlighting the irreparable damage that it would cause to the separation of the minors from their mother. The country’s authorities suspended the deportation and granted Rosario permanent residence in July 2020.

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