Global Women Leaders Use Social Media to Spur Action During COVID-19
On May 28, Every Woman Every Child hosted a high-level virtual roundtable featuring women leaders from around the global. (Watch here.) As part of the roundtable, speakers participated in a social media challenge and shared the ways in which they are working to protect and support every woman, child and adolescent during the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations and leaders globally have begun posting their commitments on social media via Twitter and challenging peers to do the same. Here is a selection of the challenges and responses.
H.E Kersti Kaljualid, President of the Republic of Estonia, shared her commitment to protecting women, children and adolescents who are at increased danger of domestic violence due to COVID lockdowns.
I`m working to protect the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents who are in increased danger of domestic violence since the outbreak of #COVID19. I call you to do the same @HelenClarkNZ @PresidencyGR @katrinjak #RiseForAll @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/TxnICOkQQc
— Kersti Kaljulaid (@KerstiKaljulaid) May 28, 2020
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, shared that she is protecting women, children and adolescents by working to find a COVID vaccine that is free and available to all.
I’m working to protect women, children and adolescents in the Covid-19 crisis by working for a #peoplesvaccine, that belongs to all of us and is free for everyone.
I challenge you to do the same @angeliquekidjo @PaulPolman @CarenGrown@UN_EWEC #RiseforAll pic.twitter.com/MsB8D1QsVn
— Winnie Byanyima (@Winnie_Byanyima) May 28, 2020
Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, vowed to “engender” COVID-19 response to address women’s needs to build equitable food systems.
@FAO we are making sure to "engender" #COVID-19 response to address women's needs to rebuild resilient, inclusive & equitable food systems. I challenge you to do the same! #RiseForAll @UN_EWEC @JosefaSacko @HelenClarkNZ @mbachelet @MichelleObama @mremae @G_MachelTrust pic.twitter.com/VLZGLvJQPE
— Maria Helena Semedo (@MariaLenasemedo) May 28, 2020
Katja Iverson, CEO of Women Deliver, is working to make sure that girls and women are front and center in the COVID-19 response and recovery and called on others to do the same.
I and @WomenDeliver are encouraging world leaders to apply a #genderlens to all #COVID19 response and recovery efforts. I challenge you to do the same and #RiseForAll @ClaudiaLopez, @alanjope @8namranasyr8 @daktari1 – and to send on the challenge. @UN_EWEC #genderequality pic.twitter.com/x9mPfdwbQE
— Katja Iversen (@Katja_Iversen) May 28, 2020
Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, is chairing the Lancet Sight Commission to work on generating evidence on the connections between gender, health and peaceful societies.
Rights and health of women, children and adolescents must be put in the center of COVID19 response. I’m chairing the #LancetSIGHT commission working to generate evidence on the interlinkages between gender, health and peaceful societies and mobilizing action #RiseForAll @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/3VYQZ4k1db
— Tarja Halonen (@TarjaHalonen) May 28, 2020
Dr. Flavia Bustreo is working with PMNCH and The Lancet to monitor and implement strategies to mitigate on gender-based violence.
Efforts to contain #COVID19 have put #women’s & #children’s #health & wellbeing at risk globally. I’m working w/ @PMNCH @TheLancet comm on #GenderBasedViolence & maltreatment of #youngpeople to monitor & implement strategies to mitigate the effects of this pandemic #RiseForAll pic.twitter.com/iDyRilH4Na
— Dr Flavia Bustreo (@FlaviaBustreo) May 28, 2020
UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem vowed to protect the health, safety and dignity of women and children on behalf of UNFPA.
As we face a public health crisis like no other, we @UNFPA vow to protect the health, safety & dignity of women & children when they need us most. I call on you to do the same for #EveryWomanEveryChild. @MEtiebetMD @LatanyaFrett @FrankaCadee @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/JwASvwlpqv
— Dr. Natalia Kanem (@Atayeshe) May 28, 2020
Gerda Verburg, UN Assistant Secretary-General and coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, is working on ending malnutrition.
Good nutrition can make or break a child’s or adolescent’s future: health & wellbeing. This is +important now than ever. Time is now 2 honour our commitment! I ask you to scale up nutrition with us @jmkikwete @MartinChungong @G_stordalen #WorldNutritionDay @UN_EWEC #RiseForAll pic.twitter.com/NC8cCuVFYm
— Gerda Verburg (@GerdaVerburg) May 28, 2020
Michelle Bachelet, the UN Human Rights Chief, is working to ensure that women, children and adolescent rights are fully taken into account during COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
Women, children and adolescents face many risks due to #COVID19. At @UNHumanRights, we are working to ensure that their rights are fully taken into account in response and recovery efforts. @MarinSanna @jacindaardern, please join us!#RiseforAll @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/HuPZbd9g9g
— Michelle Bachelet (@mbachelet) May 28, 2020
Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director of Merck for Mothers, is working to make sure that COVID-19 does not undermine progress to end maternal mortality.
We must ensure #COVID19 does not undermine progress to #EndMaternalMortality #SDGs. @MerckforMothers we are working to protect the health of women navigating pregnancy & childbirth by helping to close gaps & meet needs intensified by the pandemic. #RiseForAll @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/VGDZvA029D
— Mary-Ann Etiebet (@MEtiebetMD) May 28, 2020
Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Global CEO of Amref Health Africa, is advocating for a gender lens in recovery efforts.
Women and girls have distinct vulnerabilities during the #COVID19 response and after. Let’s have a gender lens to our response and to #BuildBackBetter @Amref_Worldwide @WomenDeliver @Katja_Iversen https://t.co/uOvYwPjbmm pic.twitter.com/JeD3yn6CCM
— Dr Githinji Gitahi, MBS (@daktari1) May 28, 2020
Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, is working to make sure that every child can have access to everything they need to grow and develop.
Amidst the #COVID19 pandemic, @UNICEF is working tirelessly to respond, recover and reimagine a better future #ForEveryChild.
I nominate @DrTedros, @GaviSeth and @PeterASands to share the steps you are taking to ensure a better future for us all. #RiseForAll @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/wbAo3R2GRM
— Henrietta H. Fore (@unicefchief) May 29, 2020
Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, is helping countries maintain immunization programs to protect children, women and adolescents against preventable diseases.
As #COVID19 is putting enormous pressure on primary health care systems, @Gavi is helping countries maintain life-saving immunization programs to protect children, women and adolescents against vaccine-preventable diseases. #RiseForAll pic.twitter.com/K4f30QOFiI
— Seth Berkley (@GaviSeth) May 29, 2020
Claudia Lopez, mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, created Safe Spaces in 630 supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations for women facing domestic violence.
Bogotá’s response to Covid19 has a strong #genderlens: we launched #SafeSpaces so women facing violence in the home can be helped in over 630supermarkets,pharmacies and gas stations. Managers contact the police and the Secretary for Women.I challenge @drodriguezfr to #RiseForAll pic.twitter.com/Ut2aZ41iFk
— Claudia López Hernández (@ClaudiaLopez) May 30, 2020
Madame Li Xiaolin is working with EWEC China Partnership Network members.
Posting on behalf of Madame Li Xiaolin, who works with EWEC China Partnership Network members to support and protect women, children and adolescents during #COVID19. #RiseForAll pic.twitter.com/q5Aqp1qoFB
— EveryWomanEveryChild (@UN_EWEC) May 28, 2020
Organizations that have participated in our challenge include:
How is mothers2mothers taking steps to protect women & children during #COVID19? We are continuing to connect them with the health services & support they need to feel safe, healthy, & protected from both #COVID19 and #HIV. #RiseForAll @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/woAKjjE19E
— mothers2mothers (@m2mtweets) May 28, 2020
White Ribbon Alliance
At @WRAglobal, we know moms and babies are #SaferTogether when they have access to the #RespectfulCare they deserve by healthworkers who are properly supported to provide that care. #riseforall @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/0EZF7Y2UR5
— White Ribbon Alliance (@WRAglobal) May 28, 2020
Equal Measures 2030
.@Equal2030 connects data, advocacy and action to fuel progress towards #genderequality globally. I challenge you, world leaders to involve women and women’s rights organizations in all decision-making processes of response & recovery. [2/2] #riseforall @UN_EWEC pic.twitter.com/efDnwQhY6K
— Equal Measures 2030 (@Equal2030) May 28, 2020
Efforts to contain #COVID19 have put women’s & children’s health & well-being at risk. We’re working to ensure continuity in essential maternal, newborn & child services + supporting health workers to provide quality care @UN_EWEC #RiseForAll pic.twitter.com/Uu7j0cxbXc
— Adara Group (@AdaraGroup) May 29, 2020
@FHI360 is proud to participate in @UN_EWEC’s #RiseForAll campaign, which promotes the urgent actions required to safeguard the health and well-being of women and children during #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/JCJPzj7THU
— FHI 360 (@fhi360) May 28, 2020