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43-year old Nargiza Eshtaeva is a psychologist and a UN Women gender expert from Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s southern region. With COVID-19 spreading fast across her region, Eshtaeva is offering women and girls in lockdown much-needed psychological consultations over the phone. She is also leading a group of 40 volunteers who bring vital aid such as food, transport and cash to the families most in need.
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A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.
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Thirty-five-year-old Elena Crasmari was fed up with not being able to access the medical centre in her home village of Dolna – a rural community of 1,155 people, fifty-three kilometres from the Republic of Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau. Due to her disability, she couldn’t take the stairs, and had to get on her hands and knees to enter the building. “I went to the town hall to ask them to help me do something about the stairs of the medical facility,” Elena...
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Davbekova Ashyrgul, 49, is the leader of a self-help group in a village on the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Her group promotes participation of women in community development and peace-building processes.
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132 women and men with disabilities, older women and boys as well as boys and girls from vulnerable families of Plopi community received access to local public services through special transport facility. The community of Plopi is located in South of Moldova, over 140 km away from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. The commune consists of five villages – Plopi de Sus, Plopii de Jos, Taraclia, Hirtop and Alexandrovca. Plopii de Sus is the largest village, where the...
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In Northern Tajikistan, in the village of Qal'achai Mazor in Isfara district, the story of Savrukhon Kholmatova is all too common. A mother of four children, she is also the primary care provider for her three disabled nieces and nephew. For Savrukhon, life is a daily struggle to provide for her children and her orphaned dependents, who lost their mother at a young age to disease, and a father in a rail yard accident. Adding to the problems was the absence of the birth certificates of the nieces and nephews, which made claiming disability benefits impossible.