Progress in a Pandemic: Toward Feminist Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Authored by: Spogmay Ahmed and Lyric Thompson

Categories: Global Public Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies, The Field of Women, Peace and Security
Sub-Categories: Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Climate and Environment, COVID-19, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2021
Citation: Ahmed, Spogmay and Lyric Thompson. "Progress in a Pandemic: Toward Feminist Leadership in a Time of Crisis." International Center for Research on Women. January 2021.

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Executive Summary

The Campaign drafted a feminist vision for the United Nations in late 2016, and has graded the Secretary-General on his performance toward that vision each year following his declaration of himself as a “feminist” as he took the helm at the United Nations. Since 2017, it has measured the extent to which the Secretary-General advanced progress on six priority proposals for a more gender-equitable world and U.N. system.

This year’s report finds continued advancement on the Secretary-General’s performance setting and implementing a feminist agenda, achieving gender parity and supporting gender in SDG implementation. He included a focus on gender in more of his speeches, and his rhetoric also grew more substantive, incorporating feminist analysis of the power and institutional dynamics underpinning discrimination.