Winnie Byanyima is sinds 1½ jaar directeur van UNAIDS, het internationale AIDS programma van de Verenigde Naties. Zij is een zeer gerespecteerde diplomate en politica, afkomstig uit Uganda. Winnie strijdt al haar hele leven voor een wereld waarin vrouwen en meisjes in al haar diversiteit gedijen en haar rechtmatige plaats als gelijken innemen.

We willen Winnie’s woorden van internationale vrouwendag, 8 maart, graag met je delen.

“the COVID-19 crisis has seen progress towards equality pushed back. It has widened the gap between women and men in wealth, in income, in access to services, in the burden of unpaid care, in status and in power. (..) The pandemic has brought into sharp and painful focus that even before COVID-19 an estimated 34 million girls between the ages of 12 and 14 years were out of school, one in three women globally reported having experienced physical or sexual violence and women the world over worked longer hours for less or no pay. (…)

Gender inequality is not only wrong. It is dangerous. It weakens us all. A more equal world will be better able to respond to pandemics and other shocks; it will leave us healthier and safer and more prosperous.” Luister of lees hier de hele toespraak.

Winnie Small