Jul 11, 2021, 11:56 AM
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UN: COVID-19 will push 47m. women and girls into extreme poverty

Tehran, IRNA – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Population Day, 11 July 2021, said that COVID-19 will push 47 million women and girls into extreme poverty.

Guterres' message which was released on the occasion of World Population Day was e-mailed to IRNA by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran.

"The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend our world, reaching one grim milestone after another," Guterres said.

"In addition to the millions of lives tragically lost, there has been a less visible toll:  a shocking rise in domestic violence as women were forced into isolation with their abusers; empty maternity wards as women postponed motherhood; and unintended pregnancies due to curtailed access to contraceptive services," he added.

"Our latest estimates indicate that COVID-19 will push 47 million women and girls into extreme poverty," he said adding: "Many girls who are out of school may never return."

"In every corner of the world, we are seeing a reversal of hard-won gains and an erosion of women’s reproductive rights, choices and agency. With the onset of the pandemic, resources for sexual and reproductive health services were diverted," Guterres stated.

"These gaps in access to health rights are unacceptable. Women cannot be alone in this fight," he noted.

"As we mark World Population Day, let us pledge to ensure the reproductive health rights of everyone, everywhere," he said.

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