Covid-19: Women in informal sector were reduced to caregivers

News Organization

The Star

Publication Date

12 July 2023

Publication Author

Magdaline Saya

The Covid-19 pandemic reduced women in the informal sector in Kenya and Uganda to caregivers despite a number of social response measures being put in place.

The latest report by the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) however lauds women for their resilience to overcome the challenges they faced during the pandemic.

According to the report women in the two countries demonstrated their ability to adapt and cope with economic hardships and physical challenges.

The findings released virtually on Wednesday show women from nuclear families had to deal with an increased workload as caregivers but without sufficient support during the lockdown.