*Women Empowered (WE) Programming Update
Women and girls, especially the most marginalized, are among those who suffer most during public health emergencies. From the heightened risk of domestic violence and exploitation to increased responsibilities caring for children and sick family members, COVID-19 only exacerbates existing challenges to their well-being.
Recognizing this, PCI’s Women Empowered (WE) program teams and partners in Botswana, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Tanzania moved quickly to provide guidance to WE facilitators and members on how to suspend group meetings but safely stay connected during the pandemic.
Program staff and partners check in frequently with WE facilitators via virtual and remote communication, sharing COVID-19 preventive practices, government requirements, key phone numbers for official assistance and motivational messages. WE group members then serve as important information resources for people in their communities to learn how to stay healthy and safe.