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Corona Emergency Fund

Solidarity during the corona pandemic

The participants in our peacebuilding projects are facing major challenges during the corona crisis. In solidarity with them and in co-operation with our partner organisations, we launched a Corona Emergency Fund in mid-April. The projects financed through the fund make an important contribution to the livelihoods of these women and their families.

The response to the fund confirmed that the support came at the right time. We promptly received several applications for projects that use a variety of means to try to mitigate the sometimes devastating effects of the pandemic and of the government measures to halt the spread of the virus on women and their families. The support in this difficult time strengthens the trust between PeaceWomen Across the Globe, our partner organisations and the project participants, which is so important for our continued joint work after the pandemic.

Build peace after the pandemic

Peacebuilding projects, such as the Women's Peace Tables, cannot be carried out at present due to the pandemic. The aim of these projects is to involve marginalised and conflict-affected women in peace processes. It is these women who are particularly affected by the pandemic and the subsequent government measures.

With this support, women can now focus on protecting their health and on the survival of their families and loved ones so that they can fully participate in building peace in their countries after the pandemic. A look at the projects financed by the fund shows the different approaches with which our partner organisations are supporting women in coping with the corona crisis.

Income-generating projects

For many people worldwide the pandemic has led to the loss of jobs. Especially single women and mothers, who are often employed in precarious jobs, do not know how to feed themselves and their families without an income. Together with our partner organisations, we support women in various countries in securing their livelihoods. In India, our partner organisation Navdanya Trust is implementing a project for urban gardening in Delhi, which is to be continued after the corona crisis. As a first step, 10 households – a total of around 80 people – were trained in the production of fresh food, thus taking an  important step towards self-sufficiency. In Colombia, project participants in remote regions receive hygiene kits and food parcels.  About 20 women in particularly difficult situations also receive psychosocial support. Our partner in Nepal Nagarik Aawaz reaches more than 50 women in rural areas with a "cash" project, enabling them to decide for themselves what their families need most urgently. In Kenya, in the low-income area Kawangware in Nairobi, women-headed households receive food and hygiene kits from our partner organisation Coalition for Peace in Africa (Copa). All items are purchased from women sellers at the market in Kawangware.

The project of our partner organisation Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute in the Philippines seeks to secure an income for women whose living conditions were already difficult before the corona pandemic.  In a project that will continue after the pandemic has passed, women are learning to sew hygiene masks that are distributed free of charge in the conflict-affected region of Bangsamoro in the south of the country. Navdanya Trust is also retraining women in Delhi who used to make jewellery before the crisis and now sew masks. Some of the masks will be distributed free of charge to women from particularly vulnerable neighbourhoods in Delhi.

Inform about hygiene measures 

The basic hygiene rules for the prevention of COVID-19 cannot be observed everywhere. Where no water is available, increased hand washing is an illusion. In Burundi, our partner organisation Centre Giriteka provides three camps for people who were displaced from their homes by floods in April with water tanks. Thanks to them, women no longer must walk long distances to fetch water, reducing the risk of sexualised violence. In addition, Centre Giriteka is training 100 women so that they can inform their communities about hygiene measures. 

In North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo our partner organisation Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des Violences Sexuelles (SFVS), with the help of the fund, supports women entrepreneurs in 18 districts of the city of Goma who sell fruits and vegetables at the markets. They are members of an association that has now produced and distributed "payment baskets" to the sellers. The baskets, which are attached to long poles, allow contactless payment in the markets.

If you would like to donate to the Corona Emergency Fund, you can do so here. With your support we can reach more women who have lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. Please indicate "Emergency Fund" in the donation purpose.

On behalf of our partners we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!