Vol. 14 No. 1 (2021): Year of the Nurse

Why is standing up for women’s equality still relevant in 2021?

Subarna Chakravorty MBBS MRCPCH PhD FRCPath FRCP
Kings College Hospital, London, UK
capt Tom Moore by Aria

Published 2021-04-05


  • Women's rights,
  • Pandemic

How to Cite

Chakravorty, S. (2021). Why is standing up for women’s equality still relevant in 2021?. Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 14(1), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.38192/14.1.15


It is 2021. The world is reeling from the ravages of a merciless pandemic that knew no borders and killed at will. When scientific collaboration, market forces and societal will resulted in the creation, testing, approval and deployment of multiple vaccines that may yet stop the virus in its tracks. Where most were forced to live apart, and yet joined up like never before.

And yet, it has been a year where the privileges of a few were starkly overshadowed by the destitution of many. A year where inherent societal inequalities in many nations were held in sharp focus. Where the poor and disadvantaged were much more likely to be infected and die of the virus, and where untreated premorbid conditions hastened their demise. Many governments used the necessary restrictions of civil liberties to their advantage, and many congregated to protest.

Where do women feature in this? The author explores the impact of inequalities on women and why women do need to stand up for equality and justice, now more than ever before. 


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