19th Gender Summit - Global for SDGs
In September 2019, the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, launched the Decade of Action plan to accelerate delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. He urged all actors to dramatically increase the pace and scale of SDG implementation efforts. The UN 2020 SDG Progress Report has pointed to a number of problems in achieving all SDGs, referring specifically to SDG 5, the report states that: “the promise of a world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed, remains unfulfilled”. The Gender Summit community’s concerns that the implementation of the UN SDG agenda might fail women, society and environment if the role of gender was restricted to the issues of empowerment and human rights, was shaped during the 6th Gender Summit – Asia Pacific in Seoul, in August 2015, and expanded later during the 10 Gender Summit – Asia Pacific in Tokyo. Gender knowledge (standing for both biological and socio-cultural aspects) can greatly help verify claims of equality in SDG policies and interventions, as well as pinpoint the sources and consequences of disparities in outcomes for women and men. The objective of GS19 is to involve expert in gender-SDG areas to identify gender knowledge that can be applied already and the knowledge that is still missing but is necessary to accelerate progress across all SDGs during the Decade of Action, ensuring that the improvement made will benefit women and men equally.
Theme 3: Strengthening Science and Technology for Better Response to Societal Inequalities, Disruptions, and Emergencies
The purpose of this session is to focus on the various aspects of risk-control, response and recovery in the face of a disaster, with particular focus on gendered aspects. Currently, COVID-19 is bringing about extraordinary circumstances across the globe, with heightened demand for immediate and precise action from medical and health related experts. Pandemics, natural disasters and other emergencies affect everyone, highlighting the importance of an intersectional approach that leaves no one behind.
Theme 3: 3-0 Anders Karlsson, Vice President of Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier, Japan
- 3-1 Jemilah Mahmood, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health
Gender aspects of COVID-19 and the need for better data
- 3-2 Rajib Shaw, Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance in Keio University, past Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), Japan
Biological Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction: Gender Implications
- 3-3 Takako Izumi, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Japan
Impact of COVID-19 on higher education institutions, and gender perspective in disaster response in Japan
- 3-4 Jocalyn Clark, Executive editor at The Lancet. Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto
Supporting the Global SDGs: Gender Equity Initiatives at The Lancet
- 3-5 Rosemary Morgan, Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
COVID-19 & the need for gender responsive pandemic preparedness and response plans