News & Analysis: Gender impacts

Invisible lives, missing voices: Putting women and girls at the center of post-COVID-19 recovery and reconstruction

“In Africa, women and girls have largely borne the brunt of the pandemic, as the virus has exacerbated already-existing gender inequalities, laying bare serious fault lines in safety, physical and mental health, education, domestic responsibilities, and employment opportunities.”

via Brookings Institution

COVID-19’s Impact on Educational Inequality in Lagos State, Nigeria

In Lagos State, Nigeria, school closures exacerbated previous inequalities in the educational system, as learning from home proved problematic for less fortunate children. And inequalities continue to impact educational access as Nigeria battles a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Thousands of learners fail to report back as Kenyan schools open

“Some learners did not report back due to insecurity, teen pregnancies, early marriages, initiation rites, floods and fears of contracting COVID-19.”

via The East African

Interview with Julie Gichuru: Building Community Resilience and Leveraging Storytelling to Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Julie Gichuru about the Mastercard Foundation’s response to COVID-19 in Africa.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

How COVID-19 puts women at more risk than men in Gauteng, South Africa

“In South Africa, women have suffered severe economic and social impacts from the lockdown that was imposed to curb the spread of the virus.”

via The Conversation

The COVID-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker

“The gender distribution of cases and deaths varies significantly across the AFRO region, and in comparison to global figures. In South Africa, which is home to two-thirds of all confirmed deaths in the region, the number of deaths in men and women is roughly the same. Across the other countries reporting, men account for a much greater proportion (70%) of all deaths.”

via Global Health 50/50

The COVID-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker

“The gender distribution of cases and deaths varies significantly across the AFRO region, and in comparison to global figures. In South Africa, which is home to two-thirds of all confirmed deaths in the region, the number of deaths in men and women is roughly the same. Across the other countries reporting, men account for a much greater proportion (70%) of all deaths.”

via Global Health 50/50

‘Here they’re safe’: The girls club that emerged when Kenya’s schools closed

“When Kenya’s school closed, many children were left more vulnerable. Some local volunteers took it upon themselves to step in. Workshops have become central to the development of community-driven safe spaces where young girls can convene daily.”

via African Arguments

A Hollow Victory: The Hidden Cost of COVID-19 on Women’s Health in West Africa

“Africa’s low death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic may look like a triumph, but behind the numbers lies a hidden tragedy as the virus impacts women’s access to healthcare.”

via African Arguments

Fear of massive dropouts when schools reopen after COVID-19 shutdown (Kenya)

“Thousands of learners failed to show up in class when schools partially reopened last month, raising fears of massive dropouts caused by the prolonged closure of learning institutions. Many of the learners are reported to have been forced out of school by teenage pregnancies, early marriages and child labour.”

via Nairobi News