The Double Impact of Covid and the UK Aid Cuts on and for the Lives of Girl
This roundtable brings together practitioners and activists all working to improve the lives of girls and women in different global south contexts.
Between them they will reflect on the devastating and lasting impact the global pandemic has had on reductions in prevalence rates of different forms of violence including harmful cultural practices and modern slavery.
The full impact that Covid is having on the life chances and safety of so many girls and young women is emerging at the same time as the UK government massively cuts aid including programmes to improve sexual and reproductive health, girls education programmes, water and sanitation projects, interventions to reduce FGM/C and child marriage and the sexual exploitation of children.
The combination of Covid and the cuts in aid brings a sobering new reality in which the voices of those fighting for social justice and gender rights are even more important. Listening and documenting the stories of girls and women whose lives have suddenly become even more vulnerable and marginalised is a crucial central goal of GenderFocus. This round table will represent the start of targeted activities committed to supporting those working and lobbying to reverse the deterioration in the lives of so many as a result of both Covid and aid reductions.
Jane Meme - Monitoring, Evaluation and Gender Expert based in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently working on an End FGM/C programme
Nagore Moran - Gender in Emergencies Advisor, Plan International. Plan International, South Sudan
Elizabeth Devi - Founder, Member & Director -Community for Social Change and Development (CSCD), India.
Professor Puspa Ghimire Economist and Gender Specalialist Tribhuvan University
Jemila Hussen Gender WASH consultant Ethiopia