We are women leaders rising in solidarity to save lives and protect livelihoods. We call for all leaders in all countries and in all sectors to meet the human crisis of COVID-19. Stopping this pandemic and recovering from it is a shared responsibility requiring global solidarity. We must recover better. And we can, by building back better together.

Convened by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, Rise for All is a global advocacy effort to support the UN roadmap for social and economic recovery from COVID-19, and to fully fund the UN Response and Recovery Trust Fund.


Like no other time in recent history, women are on the frontlines of COVID-19 and bearing the brunt of this human crisis. They are the first responders in hospitals and clinics, leading in science and research, and on the frontlines of politics and communities. I’ve been truly inspired, and I know others will be too. It is time for us to rise as women leaders taking action to conquer the pandemic and come out stronger.

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed

This is a global crisis. Delay in action means death. We all face the same enemy and we stand to gain by bringing the full force of humanity together to fight it. There cannot be victory over the virus in one, or some countries alone. … I stand in support of the United Nations Secretary General’s appeal for solidarity.

President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde

The corona virus knows no borders. … This pandemic requires urgent efforts in the spirit of multilateralism: a united global response with the United Nations at its core. In our global village, solidarity is the only option … I strongly encourage other countries as well as the private sector and the foundations to step up and contribute to the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Prime Minister of Norway and Sustainable Development Goals Advocate of the Secretary-General, Erna Solberg

If you don’t intervene, the effects of this crisis will have disastrous education and economic effects on our young people. It will be leading them down a dangerous path of hopelessness and possibly extremism.… Let’s be proactive and think long-term, and instead of working from fear, we must take this opportunity to narrow the digital gap and bring innovative solutions to our children and youth.

Sustainable Development Goals Advocate of the Secretary-General, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar

Let us rebuild. Let us retool. Let us repurpose, because this is perhaps the most apt reminder of what we must fight for in the multilateral system, in the global community of nations on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. We can do it, working together, but we need to respect each other, to see each other, to hear each other and to work together.

Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley

Working together to prioritize the needs of the poorest and the most vulnerable people around the world is essential to ending this pandemic once and for all. It’s been remarkable to see the speed with which people around the world have stepped up to do their part. …. Even on our darkest days, they give me hope. Hope that we can rise above this threat if we rise for all.

Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates

COVID-19 is a crisis of health. But it’s also a children’s crisis, affecting their education, their protection, and their futures. … The UN’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is the chance to unite the world around our common goal to support the world’s most vulnerable people as they face this challenge, to help children, families, communities and countries through and beyond this current crisis.

Executive Director of UNICEF Henrietta Fore

Women who live under lockdown are also locked in with their abusers. We need to make sure that they have access to the services that prevent violence against women and children. …. I am therefore calling on governments in every country in the world to stand up and declare upfront that the services needed by women who are experiencing violence are essential services.

Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

For the victims who are seen and unseen, who are known and unknown, for the heroes who we applaud and who we sing, and the unsung heroes -- that’s why we rise. At UNFPA, we rise because we can and because we must. It is our duty to stand with health workers, 70 per cent of whom are women, and to ensure that their voices are heard and that their needs are met.

Executive Director of UNFPA Natalia Kanem

My optimism, my belief in humanity and my faith in us during this shared experience is that we will overcome this pandemic and work towards building a more sustainable world by not just ensuring we adopt and follow through on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, but find individual action and individual ways to become better citizens of our planet.

Sustainable Development Goals Advocate of the Secretary-General, Dia Mirza

Being a wheelchair user myself, I’ll put my sentiments into words today. People who are differently abled, people who are special and unique, have been experiencing social distancing and self-isolation since forever because of lack of empathy, lack of inclusion, lack of accessibility and acceptability. I hope and I pray that when the whole world heals from this pandemic, we’ll become more inclusive towards one another, we’ll become more kind and less judgmental towards one another.

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador of Pakistan Muniba Mazari


To support countries’ paths to social and economic recovery from COVID-19, the United Nations has called for an extraordinary scale-up of international support and political commitment to ensure that people everywhere have access to essential services and social protection.

The United Nations Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19: Shared responsibility, global solidarity and urgent action for people in need calls for protecting jobs, businesses and livelihoods to set in motion a safe recovery of societies and economies on a more sustainable, gender-equal, and carbon-neutral path.

Rise for All brings together women leaders in support of this UN roadmap for social and economic recovery, and to advocate a fully funded COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.