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UN Secretary-General: COVID-19 risk to women 'could harm us all'

Pandemic's economic impact likely to fall hard on females already facing burdens

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A woman carries banana basket heading towards the daily market in Bhubaneswar, India on Apr. 17: women in insecure jobs need basic social protections.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

Antonio Guterres is Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Early signs are that the COVID-19 virus poses a greater direct health risk to men, and particularly older men. But the pandemic is exposing and exploiting inequalities of all kinds, including gender inequality. In the long term, its impact on women's health, rights and freedoms could harm us all.

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