Introduction: Derailing Development, Exacerbating Gender Injustice

In this chapter we contextualize the scale of the gendered inequalities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 response policies, which ultimately threaten any progress towards gender equality laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the heart of the SDGs are the principles of equity and inclusion: this introduction identifies how and why COVID-19 response policies have exacerbated the inequalities that the most socially, economically and culturally marginalized women and girls in the Global South live with on a daily basis. We use this chapter to clearly lay out the aims, scope, methodology and the structure of the book.

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