Women Economic Empowerment in COVID-19

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Posted November 13, 2020 from Jamaica

The COVID-19 outbreak in Jamaica had more than 50% of the cases being women and many industries such as the hotel and call centres slowing their operations and terminating contracts of many Jamaican women and affecting their ability to earn.

The government then introduced stringent restriction methods such as community-wide quarantine and nationwide curfews to control the spread of COVID-19. These measures contributing to increased rates of domestic violence.

The government, private and social sectors embarked on many initiatives to provide immediate relief of food for poorer households but a strategic and long-term solution was necessary.

The Girls to Women Development Foundation understanding that addressing  both the practical and strategic needs of women to solve domestic violence and loss of income was important. It was on this premise we sought funding from the European Union in Jamaica and implemented the Women Economic Empowerment Project.

The WE Empowerment Project targeted 15 women from a poor community outside the city. The women were trained in Entrepreneurship, Gender and Gender Based Violence. Each woman was given start-up capital to start their business ideas and make better life choices for themselves and their children.

COVID-19 brought it's challenges but also provided opportunities for resilience! 

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Jill Langhus
Nov 14
Nov 14

Hello Stacy-Ann,

Thanks for sharing your lovely photo and update. Keep up the great work.

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 14
Nov 14

Thank you for the encouragement!

Jill Langhus
Nov 16
Nov 16

You're welcome!

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 14
Nov 14

Hello Stacy-Ann,
This is such important news. Women are rising to meet the extra dangers and the extra needs of people since this pandemic began. The stories of the unequal burdens on women need to be understood and addressed. The WE Empowerment Project is doing such important work. I hope that funding keeps coming. Your story is more proof that governments need to pay attention and step up. Courageous and dedicated women like your group have changed lives.

Nini Mappo
Nov 15
Nov 15

Hello Stacy-Ann,
It's great to hear a positive Covid-19 story. Good on you for all that you are doing!

Paulina Nayra
Nov 17
Nov 17

Dear Stacy Ann,
Congratulations on your project. This is a very good initiative to lift women from economic hardships especially during the pandemic. May I know what were the business ideas that were funded by your project?

Paulina Nayra
Nov 17
Nov 17

Dear Stacy Ann,
Congratulations on your project. This is a very good initiative to lift women from economic hardships especially during the pandemic. May I know what were the business ideas that were funded by your project?

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 17
Nov 17

Hello Paulina! Thank you for your kind words. Each woman had their unique business so it ranged from clothes manufacturing, hydroponics, skin & care care, candles, small scale food manufacturing etc.

Paulina Nayra
Nov 17
Nov 17

I am really interested in economic empowerment of women. Did your project provide them technical training on their choice of business? Or is it something that they already know? Aside from funding and training, what are the other services for women entrepreneurs? THanks.

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 17
Nov 17

We provided the group with general entrepreneurship and gender training. Each woman is then supported by our business after care programme that assists the woman with her specific business needs. We also offer assistance in grant funding, access to market and business legalization, trademark and navigating the banking system, marketing their business using technology etc

Hello, Stacy Ann,

Kudos to you and the brave women in Jamaica for your resilience and determination! I love the purple mask! Looking forward to reading more updates. Congratulations on this important milestone. :D

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 20
Nov 20

Thank you!

Caroline Bokwe
Nov 18
Nov 18

Hello dear Stacy-Ann, it is usually difficult to tell if one is smiling when they have a mask on, but the smiles on the faces of these beautiful women tell how impactful this project was. My prayer is that the 15 women who received training, pin their feet on the ground and match on, one step at a time. I sound the trumpet for you sister.

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 20
Nov 20

Thank you!

valem
Nov 20
Nov 20

Hello Stacy
Congratulations on working with a group that is often lagging behind economically and developmentally. You have set them up for good and do not hesitate to share with us their progress.

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 20
Nov 20

Thank you! I will share our progress!

nlengoc
Nov 20
Nov 20

Thank you for carrying out this incredibly important work even during this COVID-19 pandemic!

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 20
Nov 20

Thank you for the kind words...we have to keep pushing in difficulties!

Steph L
Nov 23
Nov 23

Thanks Stacy-Ann for showing us tenacity and resilience in this trying time.
Keep empowering!

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 29
Nov 29

Thanks much! We have to keep encouraging each other.

Katrina Maria
Nov 24
Nov 24

I am in love with your story . Our Region was in Lockdown for 6 months and all of us in Tourism our main clients are from Overseas in Europe again now they go back to Lockdown. We are totally stranded with no income or food for our families. How are you get funded in your Country. to have such a beautiful way of Empowering Women.Some ideas will be helpfull.

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Nov 29
Nov 29

Hello Katrina! Greetings from Jamaica. Your situation is similar to ours in Jamaica. In our approach to empowering women we think about their practical needs and their strategic needs. So for starters help to distribute food packages to the women. You can seek donations from businesses in your area or partner with an entity who is distributing food package. For the strategic need you can write a proposal to international development agencies in your country. We submitted our proposal to the European Union. Feel free to reach out if you need additional ideas!

MUKABA ZAWADI
Dec 01
Dec 01

Merci pour le partage courage et bon travail je suis fière de vs