Video: The future is now: Gender equality amidst COVID-19

As we mark this year's International Women's Month, BWI International Women's Committee Chair Rita Schiavi said that women should be more involved in all spheres of political, economic and social life.  She said that gender equality is not an action that should be taken after COVID-19, but now.

The future is women. And the future is now. 

Video script


"Dear Sisters,


Indeed 2020 was a very challenging year for all of us, but women especially suffered from the pandemic. We strongly believe that the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis should lead to a more equal and safer world of work. Women should be more involved in all spheres of political, economic and social life. We specifically emphasized this in the BWI Declaration on COVID-19.  Gender equality is not a matter of action “after the crisis” – it is time to act now. 


What does equal and better future mean for me? First of all, equal opportunities for all and, especially in the male dominated construction sector. I am talking about equal pay; adequate occupational health and safety conditions, including PPE; equal and adequate social protection system.


Today ahead of 8th of March we want to know what does Equal and Better Future for all mean for you?


We say – No recovery without gender equality! Do you agree? Tell us why!


Use BWI interactive posters to tell us your position. Every voice matters, each position counts. Together we will build equal and better future."