‘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. 

Snapshot of #HerCOVID19Stories ▼


The company selling masks to ensure food security for its artisans in Kenya

Sandal artisans working for RoHo before COVID-19

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.




They decided to sew masks in the US, and sell them over there, with all profits going back to their artisans in Kenya.

Two weeks after starting, RoHo had sold nearly 500 masks, ensuring food security for their artisans at least through all of May.



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.

Go Roho! Purchase RoHo’s masks here to ensure vulnerable artisans aren’t at risk during these challenging times.

Tip for today.

1. Stay at home, avoid contracting COVID-19.
2. Stay at home, rest if you are feeling unwell.
3. Stop the spread, save health workers, save all Ghanaians.

© Misper Apawu
Accra, Ghana
May 2020

Handwashing in rural Kenya

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.

©Esther Tinayo
Amboseli, Kenya
April 2020

Safety first, let’s all come together and fight this together. 

A young lady washes her hands with soap under running water, as her friend helps her pour it on her hands, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

©Fibi Afloe
Accra, Ghana
March 2020

Temperature checks

A man checks the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a shop.

© Doreen Ntumy
Accra, Ghana
March 2020


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