Feminist activists, world leaders, and the heads of both civil society organizations and private businesses marked the end of the 2021 Gender Equality Forum in Paris last week with a bold five year plan to improve gender equality across the globe by 2026 — and nearly $40 billion USD in financial commitments.
“Together we have mobilized across different sectors of society, from north to south, to become a formidable force, ready to open a new chapter in gender equality,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women, in a statement last week. “The Forum’s ecosystem of partners — and the investments, commitments and energy they are bringing to confront the greatest barriers to gender equality — will ensure faster progress for the world’s women and girls than we have seen before.”
Feminist advocates have long said that the COVID-19 p
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