The Impact of COVID-19 on Young Women

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Key Information

New research from ActionAid reveals the social and economic impacts of the Coivd-19 pandemic on young women living in urban areas in India, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. In August 2020, ActionAid interviewed 1219 young women as part of the survey, with the majority (80%) aged between 18 and 30. This publication reflects the findings of a rapid assessment survey to understand and address issues and priorities of the young women around four broad, interrelated thematic areas: economic security, unpaid care and domestic work, bodily integrity and public services.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana, India, Kenya, South Africa

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2020 - 2020


African Youth Trust

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Transition from school to work

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Youth


18 - 30

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Upper secondary
  • Vocational

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Adolescent mothers (pregnant or parenting)
  • Displaced/refugee - External (from other countries)
  • Displaced/refugee - Internal (from other areas of the same country)
  • Homeless/street children
  • LGBTQ+
  • Other

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Food for peace/relief
  • Other nutritional supplementation

Health and childcare services

  • Sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning)

Menstrual hygiene management

  • Educating girls about menstruation

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

Reducing economic barriers

  • Conditional cash transfers (including non-cash goods) to individuals/households
  • Income-generating activities

School-related gender-based violence

  • Anti-violence policies and codes of conduct

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved maternal, newborn, and/or child health (MNCH)
  • Improved nutrition
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • Reduced intimate partner violence
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being
  • Reduced violence against children in the home

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

ActionAid International