How women bore the brunt of Covid-19 including abuse during lockdown

News Organization

The Standard

Publication Date

12 July 2023

Publication Author

Peter Theuri

When the government imposed movement restrictions during Covid-19, requiring people not to leave select counties or even their houses at night, many people in need of crucial services, such as medical care, could not access them.

Increased transportation costs and curfew imposition led to sex offenders, alongside other perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV), often escaping punishment.

Enforcers of justice were hard to reach, and for some victims, priorities had changed. Struggling to eke out a living, feeding families and caregiving took precedence. Social stigma also prevented many women from reporting sexual harassment cases.

The women, especially in urban informal sector, also found it difficult to access sexual reproductive health (SRH) services, a report by International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), which spoke to 384 informal-sector women workers (IWWs) in Nairobi, showed.