UN Project “Who Holds the Microphone” Highlights Women’s Work Globally

UN project “Who Holds The Microphone” documents women’s groups important work globally.


Written by: Kelly Fisher


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As the world continues to battle with covid-19, it is clear that it has changed and challenged societies around the world in many ways.  The consequences and impacts of covid-19 continue to unfold, and it is unclear and difficult to know for certain what will be its long-lasting impacts.  While there are important trends that have emerged, one of the most troubling is the ways in which covid-19 disproportionately impacts women.   

This is not because the disease targets women at a higher rate, but rather how societies are organized in a way in which puts women at higher risk.  Women are often in occupations such as frontline care workers.  However, there are other challenges that this crisis presents for women’s health, wellbeing, safety around the world. 

A recent project from the UN seeks to highlight some of these challenges.  One of the important points this project makes is that women are often those in occupations labeled “essential”.  They are also community organizing to respond to different crises, and often it is women who are doing vital work to specifically address the ways in which crises impact women.  Often these programs receive just 31-33% of the requested amount requested for gender-based violence programming   

That is where the UN Project called “Who Holds the Microphone” hopes to address these problems and challenges.  The project gives cameras and other recording equipment to different women’s groups to document the important work they are doing on the frontlines around the world.  From Colombia, to Bangladesh are we able to see and hear from these inspiring women.  My personal favorite was hearing about the work of local governments in Yuembe District, Uganda, to provide education programs for women refugees from South Sudan.   

Check out the whole project to be inspired by the work that women are doing around the world to address gender inequality.