Is it shocking to hear that most of the world’s nations are doing too little to protect women and girls from the fallout of the coronavirus-crisis?

 

It should be. And yet, as new data on COVID’s social and economic impact was released this week by UN Women, the reaction was less horror, more resigned sigh.

 

It did, after all, follow the revelation that there is now not a single country on the planet on track to achieve gender equality by 2030. Not. A. Single. One. By this point, the stuttering halt of decades of feminist progress feels a little inevitable.

 

But should it?

 

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