Around the world women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty. Globally, women are less likely to own land, receive a secondary education, have access to a banking institution, and in low income communities, maternal mortality rates skyrocket. These statistics are even higher for women of color. Moreover, this inequality has only been further highlighted by the recent impacts of the global pandemic, Covid-19. And yet, it has been proven that investing in women and girls is beneficial to the economy and society overall. Despite these correlations, it's projected that global gender equality will not be reached for another 108 years.
To help us understand the challenges to global gender equality, especially in-light of Covid-19, the Columbus Council on World Affairs has invited Gayle Smith to lead us in a discussion around this very important topic. The discussion will be held September 1, from 12-1 PM, on Zoom.