Women’s equality and equity amid Covid-19

August 13, 2020

Forum 2000 Foundation invites you to the webinar “Women’s equality and equity amid Covid-19” which will take place on August 18, 2020 at 14:00 CET. The event is organized by the “Working Group on Women, Democracy, Human Rights and Security” which has been established within the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal. Register to the event here and join us via Zoom to be part of the discussion and ask questions to our panelists Nyaradzo Mashayamombe, Gulnara Shaninian, Khin Ohmar a Erika Guevara Rosas. Live stream of the webinar (without active participation) will be available here.

Women’s equality and equity amid Covid-19

The unrelenting activism of women peacebuilders and human rights activists worldwide were to culminate to grand celebrations this year as 2020 marks global anniversaries of landmark policies on women’s rights.
This is the year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action– the 20th anniversary of the 1325 Resolution on Women, Peace and Security–the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment granting women in America the right  to vote–and the 10th anniversary of UN Women.
But women have little to celebrate this year.  While pledges were taken to guarantee women’s freedom from slavery, discrimination, violence with the right to education, vote, property ownership, and equal wages–they are not upheld by most governments.  In fact, Covid-19 pandemic has exasperated women’s equality and equity worldwide–from gender-based violence, honor-killings, to climate change, to conflicts and war to financial and economic crisis– women have been disproportionately affected and pushed to the forefront of the pandemic response efforts as caretakers, mothers, essential workers, healthcare providers and victims of the virus.
Last month – in July 2020 – Poland announced plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention.  Previously Croatia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Russia had presented their concern over ratifying the Convention, which our speakers will discuss further on why we should all be alarmed about this when some 39 states of Council of Europe have signed The Istanbul Convention– The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.


  • Jackie Abramian, Founder, Global Cadence, Forbes contributor on women’s issues, USA


  • Nyaradzo Mashayamombe, Executive Director, Tag A Life International Trust (Ta-LI), Zimbabwe
  • Gulnara Shaninian, Founder, Democracy Today, Member, Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Armenia
  • Khin Ohmar, Democracy activist, Burma