Early this year, we witnessed the outbreak of COVID-19 in China and in less than a few months, the virus has spread all over the globe propelling the World Health Organisation to declare it as a global pandemic.
As of April 13, 2020, there are 1,904,566 Total known cases, 118,459 Total deaths and 5,588 Latest deaths, the high number of infection and death has led most affected countries to put in place a national lockdown to try to halt the spread of the highly contagious virus.
MEWC is joining the International Community to play its part in the fight against the deadly virus, we will be using our website and social media to share resources, information about the virus.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is worried about the increase in gender-based violence (GBV) during the national lockdown.
Source: World Bank Blogs
As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads across the globe, the disease is projected to take an immense human toll on Sub-Saharan Africa, infecting at least 110 million people in the region. The immediate economic consequences of the pandemic for African economies are also estimated to be severe, resulting in the first regional recession in nearly 25 years and pushing an estimated 23 million more people into extreme poverty.
Source: African Arguments
Domestic abuse has spiked under COVID-19. Cash transfers are no panacea, but they’ve been shown to reduce violence and can be adapted.
Source: Daily Nation
For many children, the announcement that school was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic was a cause for celebration. They would not miss the early mornings, boring lessons and endless homework. However, 10-year-old *Lucy does not share this enthusiasm. A pupil at Naning’oi Girls’ School in Kajiado West constituency, Lucy’s heart sank when the headteacher informed her and her schoolmates that they would all be returning home because the government had shut down schools.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
As COVID-19 threatens refugee camps, humanitarian responses must not forget the needs of vulnerable women and girls.
Source: CNBC AFRICA
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the number of women unable to access family planning, facing unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence and other harmful practices could skyrocket by millions of cases in the months ahead, according to data released today by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.
Women from 48 of 54 African countries, have appealed to the African Union and Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to provide financial support to the continent’s women and girls during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: Africa Renewal
Supporting the UN Secretary-General's call for solidarity and urgent action in response to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, an initial group of prominent women today joined a global advocacy effort to save lives and protect livelihoods, urging leaders in all countries, across all sectors, to address the human crisis of the pandemic.