Close to Contagion: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Displaced and Refugee Girls and Young Women
The concern about an outbreak of COVID-19 in the camps cannot be overstated. The pandemic has consequences for everyone, but some groups are particularly vulnerable. Evidence shows that the impact of COVID-19 on girls and women – on their health, safety and opportunities for education and decent jobs – is making already difficult lives increasingly unendurable.
This report investigates the effects on girls’ and young women’s education, livelihoods, violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
In addition, findings from consultations with adolescent girls and young women, show that, despite the challenges they face, adolescent girls demonstrate resilience, entrepreneurial skills, a desire to help others, optimism for the future.
Included are recommendations for response plans that relate to the needs of displaced and refugee girls and young women.