Erosion of women’s reproductive rights has been 1 of the fallouts from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.
In his connection for World Population Day, observed connected Sunday, the UN main called for closing gaps successful entree to intersexual and reproductive wellness services which the situation has created.
The pandemic “continues to upend our world, reaching 1 grim milestone aft another,” said Mr. Guterres.
Last week, the planetary decease toll owed to COVID-19 officially surpassed 4 million.
“In summation to the millions of lives tragically lost, determination has been a little disposable toll: a shocking emergence successful home unit arsenic women were forced into isolation with their abusers; bare maternity wards arsenic women postponed motherhood; and unintended pregnancies owed to curtailed entree to contraceptive services," said the Secretary-General.
The UN estimates that the pandemic volition propulsion immoderate 47 cardinal women and girls into utmost poverty. Additionally, galore girls present retired of schoolhouse whitethorn ne'er instrumentality to the classroom.
“In each country 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 intersexual and reproductive wellness services were diverted,” the Secretary-General said.
“These gaps successful entree to wellness rights are unacceptable. Women cannot beryllium unsocial successful this fight,” helium added.
“As we people World Population Day, fto america pledge to guarantee the reproductive wellness rights of everyone, everywhere.”