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Stronger Together

They say you never know your strength until being
strong is the only option you have left!!!In these uncertain, times of COVID-19,
this holds so true and more so for girls and women. 2020 started as a great
year, with all of us psyched at the possibilities that lay ahead and the joy of
welcoming the new decade. All, this has been put on hold. We are blaming it on
COVID19, but I think this is just a reminder of all the gaps we have in the
system.

I think of women who are the breadwinners in their
households and how they must continue to work to put food on the table. I think
of women with abusive partners, and how the cases of violence against women and
girls have and will continue to escalate as lockdowns and self-isolation
continues. What is sad is that everyone is too caught up in surviving and everything
else in between to notice. I think of the girls who found school to be their haven,
but with the economic situation at hand, they may be forced into worse
circumstances and the injustices we fight in each waking day like early
marriages.

Also, I wonder how new mothers are supposed to
socially distance themselves from their new-borns? How practical is it for them
to follow the health advice being provided?

I worry about our health system and the health care
workers globally who are already overwhelmed. 
When I heard our nurses were on a go-slow because of the fear of
exposure in our public health facilities, my heart went out to them.

Imagine how it must feel for those mothers who can’t
even begin to think of what online studying or working from home looks like.
Neither do they know the luxury of having an emergency fund kit to stock up on necessities.
For these mothers, meals from school feeding programs are the healthiest
options their children have.  If this
pandemic is not the wake up for the world, I do not know what else will be.
COVID19 is not just about health, it is about health and wellbeing, adopting
holistic solutions, and doing better for women and girls everywhere. As we
think of delivering on the SDGs during the Decade of Action, we cannot afford
to continue with business as usual!!

I have deep worries about my family. As a young woman
and mother to a little girl who recently went back to school, I am working on
getting my career positioned towards a positive trajectory. Similarly, I have
bills that will probably not get paid as my household income gets affected by
the pandemic. I cringe at the thought of all the young women I work with who
apparently have it worse than me. At this point, getting an alert that I just
received some money is heavenly.

The one thing that shall keep us going and see us
through victory against the pandemic is the fact that We Are Powerful as women
and girls!!Now more than ever, we need to amplify our voices and remind the
world that We are Equal, and we Matter. We need to hold each other’s hands and
spread our sisterly magic as we have always done and stand ‘socially distant’
by each other in these uncertain times because We Are Powerful, We Are Equal

They say you never know your strength until being
strong is the only option you have left!!!In these uncertain, times of COVID-19,
this holds so true and more so for girls and women. 2020 started as a great
year, with all of us psyched at the possibilities that lay ahead and the joy of
welcoming the new decade. All, this has been put on hold. We are blaming it on
COVID19, but I think this is just a reminder of all the gaps we have in the
system.

I think of women who are the breadwinners in their
households and how they must continue to work to put food on the table. I think
of women with abusive partners, and how the cases of violence against women and
girls have and will continue to escalate as lock-downs and self-isolation
continues. What is sad is that everyone is too caught up in surviving and everything
else in between to notice. I think of the girls who found school to be their haven,
but with the economic situation at hand, they may be forced into worse
circumstances and the injustices we fight in each waking day like early
marriages.

Also, I wonder how new mothers are supposed to
socially distance themselves from their new-borns? How practical is it for them
to follow the health advice being provided?

I worry about our health system and the health care
workers globally who are already overwhelmed. 
When I heard our nurses were on a go-slow because of the fear of
exposure in our public health facilities, my heart went out to them.

Imagine how it must feel for those mothers who can’t
even begin to think of what online studying or working from home looks like.
Neither do they know the luxury of having an emergency fund kit to stock up on necessities.
For these mothers, meals from school feeding programs are the healthiest
options their children have.  If this
pandemic is not the wake up for the world, I do not know what else will be.
COVID19 is not just about health, it is about health and wellbeing, adopting
holistic solutions, and doing better for women and girls everywhere. As we
think of delivering on the SDGs during the Decade of Action, we cannot afford
to continue with business as usual!!

I have deep worries about my family. As a young woman
and mother to a little girl who recently went back to school, I am working on
getting my career positioned towards a positive trajectory. Similarly, I have
bills that will probably not get paid as my household income gets affected by
the pandemic. I cringe at the thought of all the young women I work with who
apparently have it worse than me. At this point, getting an alert that I just
received some money is heavenly.

The one thing that shall keep us going and see us
through victory against the pandemic is the fact that We Are Powerful as women
and girls!!Now more than ever, we need to amplify our voices and remind the
world that We are Equal, and we Matter. We need to hold each other’s hands and
spread our sisterly magic as we have always done and stand ‘socially distant’
by each other in these uncertain times because We Are Powerful, We Are Equal

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