The Covid-19 pandemic has affected women ‘disproportionately’ and placed them in a position that forced them out of participation in the mainstream economic realm, President Paul Kagame highlighted at the just closed G20 Summit.
President Kagame was speaking to other world leaders on the second day of the 2020 #G20 Leaders’ Summit where he delivered a statement on behalf of The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) in a session on “Building an Inclusive, Sustainable, and Resilient Future”.
“The burden of caring for the sick relatives falls primarily on the women in our families,” Kagame said and added that, “women have also been forced to exit formal sector employment to take care of children during the lock-down. We cannot continue to accept structural gender disparities as the status quo in a truly inclusive and sustainable future.”
“I was pleased to represent NEPAD at G20, and commend the Saudi #G20 Presidency under His Majesty King Salman for the Riyadh Summit’s focus on Africa in the context of global cooperation on Covid-19, climate change, and more,” Kagame said.
The session was chaired by Saud Arabia’s Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Leaders of the world’s wealthiest countries have been meeting online for the G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia.
The virtual gathering has been dominated by efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic and deal with its economic fallout.
The biggest economies pledged to pay for fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and testing, so that poor countries are not left out.
Debt relief is also likely to be extended. Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations have repeatedly been pointed out ahead of this summit. For example, human rights groups say Saudi women are still oppressed despite the country’s efforts to prove the opposite.