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IWD. The importance of women in the post-COVID-19 era

08-03-2021

The empowerment of women and full equality is key to the development of communities in order to achieve a more just and sustainable Planet. On March 8, International Women's Day is celebrated around the world. The motto this year is "Women leaders: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world".

Women are also at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, as front-line and health sector workers, as scientists, doctors and caregivers. When women lead, we see positive results. Some of the most efficient and exemplary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were led by women.

The crisis has highlighted both the fundamental importance of the contribution of women to the progress of societies and peoples and the disproportionate burdens they bear in certain cases, especially in developing countries, both at the family and work level.

Women also play a fundamental role in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Many of these objectives specifically affect equality and the empowerment of women, a common aspect of the development actions carried out by Humana.

Among others, SDG 5 proposes:

  • End all forms of discrimination.
  • Eradicate all forms of violence in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Undertake reforms that give women the right to economic resources on equal terms, as well as access to ownership and control of land and other assets, financial services, inheritance, and natural resources.

Female empowerment as a cross-cutting element in all cooperation actions of Humana People to People

Humana People to People places women at the center of community development. For this reason, female empowerment is a cross-cutting element in all cooperation actions launched by the Federation and the organizations that are part of it.

Since the start of the pandemic, women have been on the front line to combat the effects and consequences of COVID19. Thus, their usual leadership role within families and communities - in aspects such as education, health, agriculture, home economics, nutrition and food security or community development - have enhanced their relevance as health workers or as promoters of training and awareness campaigns about the disease.

At the same time, they have been involved in the manufacture of hydroalcoholic masks and gels, in the distribution of gloves, feeding kits and basic necessities.

From the point of view of education, they have redoubled their efforts promoting new solutions -on-line training, through radio, telephone, etc.- to face the closure of schools due to the different degrees of confinement to which we have been faced since March last year.

Women in the management and direction of Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo

In the case of Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo, women are essential in the management and direction of the organization. Starting with the Board - in which 3 of its 5 members are women - and continuing with the General Manager, a women as well, whose name is Elisabeth Molnar. At a global level, 70% of the workforce are women, being strongly represented at all levels of responsibility, from production to the management and direction of the different departments.

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