Gender and Sustainable Development in North America: Ensuring an Equitable Recovery from COVID-19

This event, organized by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Women’s Major Group, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM), focused on a gender-equitable recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in the North American region. It brought together civil society and government officials to discuss a range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all closely tied to the human rights dimensions of COVID-19 response and recovery.

Here are the three main takeaways from Meghan Doherty, Action Canada's Director of Global Policy & Advocacy:

  1. The realization of the Sustainable Development Goals including sexual and reproductive health and rights are a shared responsibility of all countries in the world, including Canada, at local, national and international levels.
  2. COVID 19 exposed and intensified the barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services in Canada and around the world.
  3. Canada must align its political commitments to gender equality, SRHR and human rights to its funding and policy practices and processes domestically and internationally. 


  • Spogmay Ahmed, Global Policy Advocate, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW); North America Organizing Partner, Women’s Major Group (moderator)
  • Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs
  • Meghan Doherty, Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
  • Mara Dolan, Program and Advocacy Associate, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
  • Beth Woroniuk, Policy Lead, Equality Fund
  • Varina Winder, Senior Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Posted on 2021-07-15
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