Save the Children (STC), Boston Leadership Council has announced a live webinar on Wednesday, May 6, from 7:00-7:45 p.m., to raise critically needed funds for the U.S. and global response to COVID-19.
The Boston Leadership Council will welcome three experts from Save the Children to lead the discussion: Carolyn Miles, former CEO and President; Nora O’Connell, AVP, Policy & Advocacy and Yeva Avakyan, AVP, Gender Equality & Global Point for Gender COVID-19 Response.
With schools closed and families staying at home, women and vulnerable children are susceptible to increased abuse in their homes. Without education, life chances for economic independence are reduced. Curtailing formal education increases the likelihood that young girls are married off and face the dangerous prospect of childbirth in unsafe conditions.
Along with the perennial challenge of preventing and addressing gender-based violence and ensuring social protection and economic empowerment, other major goals include giving girls and women equal voice and participation, easing the disproportionate burden of women’s and girl’s care work, ensuring social protection and prioritizing information and services on sexual and reproductive health. Particularly topical is the need to support and address the needs of the many women who, as the vast majority of the frontline caretakers and health workers, are more vulnerable to infection on the frontline of pandemic.
Registration for the webinar is now open at Savethechildren.org/boston. Those unable to attend the webinar are encouraged to help with a donation, if they are able.