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The impact of Covid-19 on young women

A rapid assessment of 14 urban areas in India, Kenya Ghana and South Africa.

New research from ActionAid reveals the social and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on young women living in urban areas in India, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

As ActionAid, we work with women and girls living in poverty all over the world. In August 2020, ActionAid interviewed 1’219 young women, with the majority (80%) aged between 18 and 30, to understand the social and economic impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on their lives.

This publication reflects the findings of a rapid assessment survey to understand and address issues and priorities of the young women around four broad, interrelated thematic areas: economic security, unpaid care and domestic work, bodily integrity and public services.

The survey findings revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown measures by the respective governments have directly and indirectly impacted multiple aspects of the young women’s lives.





This article was originally published by ActionAid International, “The impact of Covid-19 on young women”, 30/11/2020.