<em>International Womens Day, 2021</em><br>Recognizing Rural Women as Central to Cost-COVID Recovery: An Imperative for International Women's Day

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ROME, Mar 06 (IPS) - The following opinion piece is part of series to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day, March 8.In times of crisis, policymakers have a tendency to prioritize economic recovery while leaving “social issues” like women’s empowerment on the backburner. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, women’s leadership is as essential to full and meaningful recovery as it is to basic human rights. As the world mobilizes to design and build a post-COVID landscape, women’s rights, interests and priorities must not only be included in international recovery agendas but pushed to the forefront. To achieve this, women themselves must not simply be included in the discussion, but equitably represented in leadership roles.

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