2020 will be remembered in the history books as the year of coronavirus. However, before COVID-19 eclipsed virtually every other policy issue, 2020 was supposed to be the year of the girl, celebrating the 25th anniversary since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action to deliver gender equality – and the progress made so far. Instead, the current pandemic risks turning 2020 into a debacle for progress in women and girls’ wellbeing.

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