Coronavirus, Gender Equality Women are facing disproportionate impacts of pandemic, State Dept. official says at PWH

October 13, 2020
By Jennifer Kang | The Daily Pennsylvanian

A top State Department official spoke about government initiatives to mitigate the disproportionate health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women at a virtual Perry World House event.

Kelley Currie, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, said the heightened impact of the pandemic on women is evident. She cited an increase of gender-based violence as a result of the stay-at-home measures that have left women at home in vulnerable positions with abusers. She added that many women forced to stay home are facing a loss in economic opportunity. 

Tuesday's event, moderated by PWH Deputy Director LaShawn Jefferson, was part of PWH’s "The World Today" program, which features weekly one-hour conversations exploring topical global issues. 

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