‘What (COVID-19 policies) fail to take into account is the direct and indirect impact that outbreaks have on women and girls’
These were the words of Dr Claire Wenham of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in a BBC Woman’s Hour March episode.
Her COVID-19 stories is a collaborative series between Lensational and its partners, aiming to document the experiences of women during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why? Because women are disproportionately affected by the pandemic— whether on the frontline, at home taking care of children, or working informally.
And because their stories are under-reported in media, and their needs often ignored in health responses.
RoHo goods is an ethical accessories company that partners with over 400 artisans in Kenya, 95% of whom are women. As COVID-19 struck, RoHo’s sales plummeted, putting their 1,200 artisans at risk of food insecurity. But the owners of RoHo, who are based in the United States, weren’t going to let their artisans down.
Kabibi is one of RoHo’s artisans based on the coast . She’s a mother of three, and her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. Kabibi has just given birth.
Both Kabibi and her husband had fewer opportunities for work, as demand for beading artisans and for drivers has gone down.
She is particularly vulnerable as a new mother, so RoHo wanted to ensure she has access to proper healthcare, as well as nutritional food.
Handwashing is key to fighting off the spread of COVID-19. In some places more than others, observing this “simple” guideline can be a big challenge, due to access to water and soap. This picture shows children in a remote village in Amboseli, Kenya, washing their hands with water from this canister hanging on a wall.