UAF- Strengthening gendered response mechanisms to COVID-19
The project aims to raise awareness on the gender implication of COVID-19 on communities and strengthen response mechanisms to the gender impact of the pandemic by July 2020. Education of women on safety needs for protection services including GBV and IPV prevention and mitigation is more likely to result in the reduction of infection and transmission of the Corona virus, hence reducing women’s vulnerability to contraction of COVID-19. Furthermore, this will reduce their susceptibility to GBV and IPV as primary caregivers to those infected by the virus. This will ultimately result in the reduction of risk of contraction and spread of COVID-19 virus as well as increasing preparedness of communities in responding to the pandemic.
Distribution of dignity kits-EWF distributed 300 dignity kits to 300 women in Tsholotsho. The activity targeted women in rural areas in responding to the COVID-19 virus and GBV by adequately addressing their immediate hygiene and sanitary needs. The dignity kits comprised of soap, sanitary pads, face mask and gloves.
Radio Programs-2 radio programmes were conducted with community women and relevant stakeholders on risk, reduction, and mitigation measures to COVID-19 as well as the gender implications on women in communities. The radio programmes created a platform for duty bearers to share responsive and preventive measures to GBV and IPV as well as the referral pathway of responding to GBV.
Online Animation Videos-2 animation videos were produced and shared on social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook. The videos were produced in the local language. One video focused on raising awareness on the Covid -19 and the other on depicting gender implication of the pandemic as well as the referral pathway of addressing GBV and IPV.
Provision of online translated IEC materials: 6 COVID-19 posters were distributed online and were accessible to some women. The posters were shared on WhatsApp forums which are widely accessible to rural populations. The posters catered for the information gaps and served as an information base for rural women. These were produced in the local language.