In partnership with Silatech.
Marginalized categories such as women and young people have been severely and disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and suffered damages and losses that are estimated to last for decades to come. According to the ILO, more than one in six young people aged 18-29 became unemployed since the start of the pandemic.
The estimations of Human Rights Watch (HRW) show that the economic fallout is expected to increase poverty headcount at $5.50 per day by about half billion people, which comprises 8% of the world’s population. This could reverse the global progress in reducing poverty by a decade, and in conflict regions the damages could last for longer than 30 years.
The economic and social impacts on women and young people working in the healthcare sector in war and conflict-affected areas highlight the massive need for cooperation and multi-sectoral partnership between different sectors to recover and move forward in the development agenda. Today, the world has a great responsibility to respond and to come up with innovative, comprehensive, inclusive, and forward-looking policy responses to help young people through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond to prevent the long-lasting losses for young people.