High-level Roundtable: Women’s Leadership in the COVID-19 Response to Protect Every Woman and Every Child

FORMAT: Virtual 

DATE: 28/05/2020

TIME: 12-1pm GMT, 8-9am EDT

OUTCOME DOCUMENT

Immediate Steps to Safeguard Progress for Every Woman, Child and Adolescent

Following the High Level Roundtable on 28 May 2020, Every Woman Every Child has released an outcome document identifying 14 actions to respond to the acute challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including concerns about severe and longstanding negative consequences in areas such as sexual and reproductive health (SRH), education and physical and emotional security. 

View document here. 

VIDEO MESSAGE – UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL

Mr. Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General, Senior Co-Chair of the Every Woman Every Child High-Level Steering Group 

VIRTUAL HIGH-LEVEL ROUNDTABLE

EVENT BACKGROUND

 

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented threat to the core focus of the Every Woman Every Child movement: the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents worldwide. Hard-earned progress in improving their ability to thrive and survive and in creating new opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable people is endangered on nearly all fronts. The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing vulnerabilities and failures in health, social, political and economic systems that ought to safeguard women, children and adolescents.

Following the World Health Assembly and the United Nations Women Rise for All Campaign, the Every Woman Every Child Secretariat, in partnership with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and Women Deliver, is organising a High-Level Roundtable on Women’s Leadership in the COVID-19 Response to Protect Every Woman and Every Child.

This High-level Roundtable will be co-convened by H.E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, and Co-Chair of the Every Woman Every Child High Level Steering Group (HLSG); and Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Chair of the PMNCH Board; and will include prominent speakers from the United Nations, Governments and Civil Society.

OBJECTIVES

  • To identify best practices and key actions that must be taken to safeguard gains made on Sexual & Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) in the context of the pandemic.
  • To raise awareness of the need to put women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health and well-being at the center of COVID-19 response efforts.
  • To pre-position EWEC stakeholders for high level commitments to be announced at UNGA 2020.

 

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • Action plan articulating best practices in safeguarding SRMNCAH gains within COVID-19 response and key steps necessary to place women, children and adolescents at the centre of the response.
  • Articulation of appropriate benchmarks to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being, as a marker of the success of the broader COVID-19 response.
  • Identification of champions to advocate for commitment to action and participate in a social media challenge to global donors, leaders and everyone responding to the crisis, to place women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the center of their efforts.

CO-CONVENORS

H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid 

President of Estonia

@KerstiKaljulaid

 

CONVENORS

Rt. Hon. Helen Clark 

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

PMNCH Board Chair

@HelenClarkNZ 

MODERATOR

Ms. Pamela Falk
CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst
@PamelaFalk 

 SPEAKERS

H.E. Ms. Julie Payette

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

@GGJuliePayette

H.E. Ms. Epsy Campbell Barr

Vice-President of Costa Rica

@epsycampbell

H.E. Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck

Minister of State to the President of the Republic of Senegal and Member of the EWEC HLSG

     H.R.H. Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

@PrincessSarahZR

Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron

President Inter-Parliamentary Union & Member of the EWEC HLSG

@IPUPresident

@GabyCuevas

Ms. Michelle Bachelet

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 

@mbachelet

Ms. Henrietta Fore

Executive Director of UNICEF

@unicefchief

Ms. Gerda Verburg

Coordinator Scaling Up Nutrition Movement and Assistant Secretary-General

@GerdaVerburg

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet

Lead and Executive Director Merck for Mothers     @MEtiebetMD

Ms. Amy Pollack

Director Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

@gatesfoundation

Ms. Katja Iversen

President & CEO Women Deliver

@Katja_Iversen

Jayathma Wickramanayake 

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

@UNYouthEnvoy

@jayathmadw

OP-ED

On 27th May 2020, ahead of the virtual high-level roundtable, Every Woman Every Child & Partners released an opinion piece, published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation titled: ‘Women and children will pay for this pandemic – unless we act’.

Signatories:

  • H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia
  • Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand & PMNCH Board Chair
  • Dr. Jorge Alcocer Varela, Secretary of Health, Mexico
  • Graca Machel, Founder of the Graca Machel Trust & Former PMNCH Board Chair

 

Read the opinion piece here

SOCIAL MEDIA 

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