“If something positive can stem from this pandemic at all, it is the wider acceptance of the importance of global communal goods – fighting the climate change, providing healthcare and supporting the weakest in society, the children, adolescents, and women,” said Estonian president at the high-level EWEC roundtable today.
President Kersti Kaljulaid stressed, that globally life is not the same for all and we may see it better because of the pandemia: “Globally there are still more people living outside our bubble created by science, economic wellbeing, and education. #COVID19 only allows us to glimpse the nightmare that is the way of life for many, where vaccines and medical care are missing and violence is a part of daily life. This virus has shown, that we are not safe unless everyone is safe.”
President of Estonia also raised the issue of the most vulnerable yesterday at the high-level Security Council discussion on the protection of civilians, saying that the pandemic clearly poses a new layer of threat to international peace and security, and to women, children and families caught in war, conflict, and crisis. There are also signs of trying to use the pandemic as a reason or simply as a cover for stopping even the current level of humanitarian aid reaching the people in need.
The Head of State of Estonia, who is the co-chair of the EWEC movement, hoped, that sharing grassroots level practices from around the world helps also to build new compassion, by informing those who have never thought too much about how hard life can be: “It might inspire action, it might inspire new resources, it might inspire new technologies even to protect, provide and simply help to survive.“
Women leaders from countries ranging from Estonia, Canada, Senegal, and Costa Rica, together with representatives from the private sector and civil society, convened to take action to protect some of the most vulnerable communities around the world in the context of COVID-19 and highlight the unique role of women and adolescents in responding to the pandemic. The high-level roundtable event was organized by Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) alongside The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), and Women Deliver.