International Women’s Day
Rockcheck Puji Foundation and UN Women reach cooperation with intention to support women recover from COVID-19
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
The Rockcheck Puji Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN Women on 8 March 2020 and reach cooperation with intention to establish a programme to support women recover from COVID-19.
Gender perspective is indispensable in humanitarian actions including health emergencies like COVID-19. Existing evidence show that women are more vulnerable, more likely to fall into poverty and lack access to information and resources for recovery. However, women are also at the forefront in response to emergencies and untapped resources for community stability and resilience. Their contribution and professionalism to meet both the immediate and recovery needs of their families as well as of their communities should be recognized.
In view this, under the new partnership, the programme aims to support women owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and workers recover from economic loss brought by COVID-19, build their resilience of women-led small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to future shocks and promote women’s leadership and capabilities in awareness raising on preventive measures and recovery.
“As the country moves forward to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, whole-of-society approach is needed in medium- and long-term recovery efforts. Lessons from around the world show that women play a crucial role in recovery and resilience building for themselves, their families and communities at large. Women are also likely to suffer the biggest impact as a large number of women are employed in service and manufacturing sector and work as small business owners and daily wage earners. UN Women China is pleased to join hands with Rockcheck Puji Foundation to support women led businesses and women workers in affected areas recover from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. This is part of our commitment to support country’s overall efforts in bouncing back the business and bring women and their leadership at the forefront of building a resilient society. ”—Smriti Aryal, Head of the UN Women China office.
“Facing this epidemic, we would like to thank a special group—female medical workers, who have experienced various pressures and stick to the frontline—They have taken on social responsibilities and made great contribution in this anti-epidemic fight. At the same time, the outbreak of COVID-19 has serious impact on the economy. Due to the delay of returning to work and schools, many professional women need to take more responsibilities. To cooperation with UN Women is also to make joint efforts to better support and empower women in difficulties, mobilise women workers and businesses in promoting preventive measures, hygiene practices and safety, to join effort in the middle and recovery stage of epidemic prevention.”—Zhang Junting, Chairwoman of Rockcheck Puji Foundation.
The Rockcheck Puji Foundation, acting as the CSR branch of Rockcheck Group, is one of the very first charities recognized by Tianjin Municipal People’s Government.
2020 is a crucial year for advancing gender equality. Signing the MoU on the International Women's Day in 2020 is of great significance for accelerating the actions and progress of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and all the national commitments made by China.