Pandemic fallout: COVID-19 pushes women in Africa to the brink

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The project will report on how the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing women across Africa to the brink, and they are at risk of losing years of progress in contributing to household incomes and asserting their independence.

  • €112,450 Budget in Euros
  • 2022 Final release date
  • 4 Round winner
  • 10 Locations

Pandemic fallout: COVID-19 pushes women in Africa to the brink

Women are bearing the brunt of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and nowhere are they more at risk than in many of the Least Developed Countries in Africa. For every 100 men age 25 to 34 living in extreme poverty this year, there will be 118 women, according to a UN Women and UNDP study. Many of these women are what the World Bank calls “the new poor” as COVID-19 pushes more than 115 million people into extreme poverty. Millions of women in Africa will lose years of success in contributing to household incomes and asserting their independence - - a situation that could take even longer to turn around. The impact of COVID-19 has “the face of the women,” especially in Africa, Bineta Diop, an African Union special envoy told reporters last year. The project aims to show how the global health and economic crisis is pushing women to the brink across Africa and most acutely in LDCs. Yet many women are leading the change needed to pull themselves and their communities out of poverty and provide a brighter future for their children.


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