A Whole New World, Reimagined by Women

In this issue, the UNESCO Courier gives women a voice. Political scientists, journalists, sociologists, researchers, writers, and teachers have drawn the contours of the post-pandemic era – whether it is the future of museums, changes in schools, the rise of disinformation, or the challenges of scientific research. These are all subjects that resonate at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate, and around which the Organization has rallied during the crisis – providing global data on the situation of schools, defending open science, disseminating content to counter disinformation, and supporting education systems and cultural industries. This issue paints a sobering picture of our times – highlights the fault-lines exposed by the health crisis, and shows the magnitude of the challenges ahead. It also underlines the potential for scientific, cultural and educational co-operation that this unprecedented event has revealed. If the reflections, the desire for change, and the movements of mutual aid that have emerged are not short-lived, the world really could become a more united, more sustainable and more egalitarian place.