Women-led responses: Humanitarian action
Distribution of essential goods, including PPE, food, medicine, disinfectants, etc.
Women peacebuilders often work in remote and difficult to access areas. When COVID-19 struck, they used this access and their networks to identify vulnerable families and deliver essential goods to them, including feminine hygiene and sexual and reproductive health products.
For example, in Colombia, Red Nacional de Mujeres and the Red Departamental de Mujeres de Cauca partnered with the indigenous guard in Cauca – one of the regions most affected by conflict – to deliver food, hygiene, and sexual and reproductive health items to remote communities. As of June 2020, they distributed 10,000 facemasks and over 1,000 condoms and dozens of pregnancy test kits. In the Philippines, young women peacebuilders made health masks and delivered dignity kits – including feminine hygiene products – and relief good packages to internally displaced mothers in Sagonsongan Transitory Shelter in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, the site of the Marawi Siege.
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