Kigali: COCAFEM/GL Members Meet to Discuss the Effects of Covid 19 on Women

The COCAFEM / GL Association of Community Organizations presented a preliminary study on gender equality and complementarity to sexual violence during the Covid-19 era in which women were exposed to a variety of effects.

Mutumwinka Margaret, Chairperson of the Association Women’s Organizations in the Great Lakes Region COCAFEM / GL

Mutumwinka Margaret, Chairperson of the Association Women’s Organizations in the Great Lakes Region COCAFEM / GL (La Concertation des Collectifs des Associations Féminines de la région des Grands Lacs) comprised 11 members 3 from Rwanda,3 Burundi and five (5) from the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC.

Mutumwinka said; ‘ the three Rwandan organizations including Profemme Twesehamwe itself with a coalition of 57 organizations, the other is the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association of Rwanda), the Christian Girls’ Union and the RRP +

Mutumwinka said there were important groups of people in the community who met and studied the effects of Covid-19, adding that “what unites us today is to look at a study conducted to determine the effects of Covid-19 on gender equality.” This study is a testament of the real fact that Covid-19 has been a real problem the livelihood of the whole country. ”

“Covid-19 is a global health problem that has affected all aspects of life, including the economy, health, education and humanitarian activities, and especially women,” she said, the effects of what is happening but in this study we wanted to know in particular the specific effects on gender and complementarity.

There have been many reports of related to domestic violence during the Guma period! In this study we have been wondering what does it look like?  how is it done, how is it showed? So that’s why we did the research.

In doing this research we relied on the advice we received from donors but based on the experience we gained from the meetings we attended, which is why we chose to do this research to advocate having a basis on the matter ’.

The study was based on all categories

Mutumwinka added that the study included some people affected by health problems such as women who gave birth at home, the impact on students, children who dropped out of school, and  “Although we do not know the number of children who have dropped out of school because of all the schools that have not yet started, there have been children who have gotten petty jobs and haven’t been able to return to schools as they started and there are also those who gave birth at home during the Stay at home campaign”. She said.

Economically (business) ‘In the small and medium enterprises, businesses was affected especially during the Stay at home campaign! even though they started out they found that most of them ate the investment because most of them were in debt to the Bank and were no longer able to repay the loans acquired, and this affected the women’s business based on the informal sector they were running.

We appreciate the government’s intervention by allowing its citizens to borrow again; however people are not daring this call as to the effects that Covid 19 has incurred to them of borrowing more from the financial institutions to rejuvenate their business but people are not daring the call because of the losses they incurred due to pandemic.

It is something that needs to be reviewed and researched at every level such as health, economic and social welfare and the status quo at each level and considerable steps taken to find a sustainable solution

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