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While the week of the UN General Assembly is generally a three-ring circus, this year’s circus was on steroids, filled from early morning to late at night with meetings, panels, and cocktail parties to fill the gap since the last full-scale UNGA week in 2019. It was a rewarding (and exhausting!) week, with more conversations than I can count with longtime colleagues, new friends, and many people who I had only previously seen on Zoom.
A personal highlight for me was seeing women leaders of nations and non-governmental organizations taking center-stage on critical issues. Whether it was New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking with wisdom and compassion on the importance of preparing for the next pandemic and the urgent health risks of climate change, or Panorama’s own Abbie Hodgson reminding us why it’s so important for women to be at political tables, each conveyed brilliance and leadership we need more of on a global stage.
While it is wonderful to see those leaders, the data about getting to gender parity for women across all types of leadership and earning power is discouraging, and sadly getting worse. Panorama’s partner, Equal Measures 2030, crunched the numbers that appeared in the annual Goalkeepers report, and found that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly set back women’s progress (more below).
I was also fortunate to see Liberia’s former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speak and I share her impatience with the pace of change on pandemic preparedness, gender parity, action on climate, and so many other things:
“We are tired of meetings. We are tired of conversations. We need to be guided by the science, we need to listen to people, and we need action!”
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Former President of Liberia
Equal Measures 2030 worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to analyze the latest gender equality data. They now estimate the world won’t reach gender equality until at least 2108. Dig into the data >
Two of The Upswing Fund’s advisors recently hosted a learning session on integrated care models. This webinar was designed to share knowledge across the field of adolescent mental health. Watch the recording >
Senators Kirstin Gilibrand and Marsha Blackburn wrote an op-ed in The Hill elevating the Speak Out Act and Lift Our Voice's work to end the use of NDAs to silence survivors of workplace abuses. Read their op-ed >
The International Society for Urban Health is hosting their annual international conference on October 24-27 in Valencia, Spain. Registration closes October 2nd. Learn more >
Photo credit: Jenny Ottenhoff