THE IMPACT OF CORONA VIRUS (COVID -19) ON THE YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS IN UGANDA.

Harriet Kamashanyu
Posted April 10, 2020 from Uganda
Girl Leader - Uganda
Girl Leader - Uganda: Sharon during one of the national forums participation in Uganda. (1/1)

COVID-19 an illness that is caused by the Corona virus doesn’t seem to leave people’s lips at the moment. My major concern is about this global pandemic and how much it is affecting and going to continue affecting girls and women. Talking of all the restrictions and the precautions that are there, it is the young women and girls that are affected mostly and is there anything that has been put in place to see that these issues are handled?

 

Right now there is a lock down, travel restrictions, closure of schools and so many other precautions have been put in place, talking of the school closure, many girls are at a risk of child labour, early marriage by their parents, sexual exploitation which will increase the issue of teenage pregnancies, school dropout and others.

 

Not leaving the travel restrictions, most of the small businesses that employ young women and girls are also closed. For example the saloons, shops, restaurants and many others and they are unable to access them so this will put them to a very high risk of poverty meaning they cannot afford to sustain their families and themselves at large, these young women shall be forced to look for all the possible means to see that they can provide basic needs to their families, they will go for sex from the old men to see that they get some money.

The reproductive health services are not accessed right now due to the lock down and this will increase on the cases of STIs, HIV/AIDS, several unwanted pregnancies that come along with so many other social costs and negative effects both in the short and long run.

 

Most of the load done at home is done by the girls for example taking care of the grannies, the young ones, the sick and every one there and we are not so certain of when this pandemic will come to and end while girls and young women are being affected.

 

Gender based violence is at an increment since the men are spending 99% of the time home, so for any mistake done by the young women, they can do any harm to them and also sexual harassment may arise

 

I just want to join hands with other fellow social activists and call upon all the partners and stake holders to support the girl child in Uganda to design programs that are to help them in this turbulent moment. Let girls remain girls!

 

 

@SHARON Kasacha

A steering committee Member – Girls Not Brides – Uganda Chapter

A girl leader – Rhythm of Life - Uganda

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Harriet Kamashanyu
Apr 10
Apr 10

Thanks to this platform that amplifies voices of girls and women from all over the world!!

KATEMIRI
Apr 10
Apr 10

Hi Harriet, it's so sad everything has gone to a stand still because this pandemic.
I hope it's end soon

Jill Langhus
Apr 10
Apr 10

Hello Sharon,

How are you doing? Welcome back! Thanks for sharing this sad, but realistic view and update of how the girls and women will be affected in your country. It helps to spread awareness on the issue. I hope that you will be able to collaborate with other trailblazers to come up with solutions to help them.

Do you also got by Harriet, or are you utilizing another account?

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Harriet,
Thank you so much for sharing your post. It is very true that many have been affected by this pandemic and it is only going to get worse because many of our people work and earn by the day. There are so many families that have nothing to eat and are suffering. We are grateful for the good Samaritans that are helping in their own ways and with the little resources that they have. Thanks again for sharing and looking forward to hearing more of your stories.
Stay blessed and stay safe.

Sampada Sapkota
Apr 12
Apr 12

Hi Harriet,
This pandemic is a big threat to the entire world and also the human civilization and humanity. Moreover, it is affecting the socio-economic status of women. In this difficult time, we should stay strong, raise our voices and spread awareness. Thanks for writing this story.
Hope you and your family are doing well!
With love,
Sampada

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 12
Apr 12

Hi Harriet,
At a time when we are being pressured to not be focussed on what is happening to women and girls, you show exactly and strongly why we must continue to speak out and do what we can together, more than ever. You have outlined it so well. I hope this link will give you some helpful added strength knowing all countries are being pressed to put the extra needed help in place for women and girls. http://feministallianceforrights.org/blog/2020/03/20/action-call-for-a-f...
In sisterhood,
Tam

MUVUNYI FABIENNE
Apr 12
Apr 12

Take care dear Harriet. I know we will overcome.
Nothing will stay in eternity, even the covid19 will pass away like others illnesses. Just be strong and positive.

sarah_2
Apr 12
Apr 12

Hi Harriet,
Seriously this pandemic has done more harm than good to most of our girl child. I want you to know that most of us are faced with a similar challenge.
I believe that we will soon come out of this pandemic.
We are their voices, and together we will make a change.
Love-kisses-hugs

Myra Tambor
Apr 13
Apr 13

Thanks for sharing your story, Sharon. Stay healthy and keep safe.

Anita Shrestha
Apr 13
Apr 13

Thank you for sharing

Thelma obani 2020
Apr 13
Apr 13

Thanks for sharing.. we hope the pandemic ends quickly.. you are strong dear. ❤❤❤

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 20
Apr 20

Thanks dear, this is not only the problem of Uganda, it is the problem of most third world countries including mine.