Plan for Equal: Gender equality, social justice, and sustainability in the wake of COVID-19

As the world learns to live with COVID-19, to emerge from the current crisis, and to “build back better”, UN Women will launch Plan for Equal, a visionary but practical roadmap for putting gender equality, social justice, and sustainability at the centre of the recovery. It will feed into UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum and Action Coalitions, aimed at accelerating commitment, action, and financing for gender equality.

COVID-19 is exposing, as well as exacerbating, inequalities and reminding us just how unsustainable and fragile our economies and democracies really are. This crisis also provides a warning about what is rapidly coming down the track on the environment. Yet the pandemic has created an opportunity to rethink what the economy is for, and what it is that we really value. 

The Plan for Equal project aims to map the ambitious and transformative policies that are needed to build a more equal and sustainable future. To get there will require context-specific policy pathways, tailored political strategies and alliances, and financing. The plan will identify key enablers that can create a conducive environment for change and identify which actors at global, national, and local levels need to take what actions to move us towards our vision.

Several expert group meetings on the different project themes, as well as a series of think pieces, will foster engagement and exchange between different stakeholders and provide the building blocks of the plan.

“Plan for equal” will be published in May 2021.     

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