Covid-19 has widened longstanding health and socioeconomic inequalities affecting women and children. The effects will be seen for many years because the wellbeing of women and children is central to population health and resilience across generations, which in turn affects sustained economic recovery. Scientists, societies, and economists have long marginalised the health and wellbeing of women and children, but the pandemic has forced new behaviours and ways of working and brought about the collapse of industries that previously seemed invincible. This has led to a questioning of previous norms and provides a window of opportunity for change. Here, the scientific, rights based, and economic rationale for post-pandemic investment in the health and wellbeing of women and children are examined.
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