Evidence from past epidemics indicates that gender inequalities become more exacerbated, during pandemics or crises, disproportionately affecting women and girls. Deprioritization of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Services and Products to respond to the epidemic, heightened Gender Based Violence (GBV) and burdensome unpaid care work are some of the resulting impacts of the recent COVID 19 response mechanisms.
Cognizant of the above, the SDGs Kenya Forum launched its Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) to analyse the socio-economic impact of the Kenya government response mechanisms of COVID 19 on women and girls. Through online conversations using WhatsApp calls with women from different contextual tapestries including women with disability, elderly women among others, the FGDs are being conducted in target counties: Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Bomet, Kitui and Kajiado. The Forum seeks to capture their lived experiences and seek recommendations on the most effective gender responsive measures to respond to their priorities and needs and thus contribute to the informed programming and the wider national COVID 19 response.
The objectives of this initiative are:
To create awareness on the impact of the Kenya government COVID 19 response mechanisms.
To provide a platform to amplify the critical voices of women and girls from different backgrounds and thus include their opinions in the national COVID 19 response in Kenya.
To seek, create and engage partnerships who have roots in various counties engaging women and girls to respond to their needs and priorities where possible.
To learn more about what we have found out and how you can get involved, please contact Dr. Rose K. Oluoch at the SDG Kenya Forum on firstname.lastname@example.org