The impact of COVID-19 on women's rights
COVID-19's impact on women

Sessions with Sonja

  Sessions with Sonja

Dear ,

We hope you are well and healthy in this new, upside-down world!

One of the "upsides" of a global pandemic, where travel is restricted and everyone is staying at — or close to — home, is that some of us have more time to catch up with friends and colleagues.

Recently, BCI's Francesca Binda did just that and caught up with her long-time friend Sonja LokarFor those of you who know Sonja, you will appreciate that, in "normal" times, Sonja is on the go, travelling around the world working to advance the rights of women and advocate for gender equality. In "normal" times, it is near impossible to schedule time with Sonja!

For those of you who don't know Sonja, she is an internationally renowned expert on gender equality and women's empowerment. She has held leadership positions in her political party in Slovenia and pan-European civil society organisations. She is a tireless activist working globally and sharing experiences with other activists in developing and implementing strategies to secure the full participation of women in political, economic and social life.

We took advantage of Sonja's inability to travel and her generous offer to tape an online discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on women's rights.  The half-hour discussion has been edited into six short videos on our YouTube channel, covering several topics, including women's leadership in political parties, political lessons from the pandemic, and money in politics.

While the pandemic has exposed many inequalities in most countries, it has also provided small opportunities.  One of those, as Sonja notes, is public attention on the issue of gender-based violence — particularly domestic violence — as access to services and support is limited.  Let's make sure we all take advantage of that attention and continue to combat all forms of gender-based violence.

Thank you, Sonja, for sharing your wisdom and opinions!

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While you're on YouTube ...

Check out our latest, short video to celebrate BCI's sixth birthday! Thanks to all our clients and partners for trusting us to guide and support you in the phenomenal work you do in the most challenging conditions.