voices from the grassroots:
COVID-19 and Women from the Global South
The Voices from the Grassroots (VfG) project was initiated by organizational and individual members of the Gender Equality Hub (GE Hub) of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation in April 2020. The objective of the VfG project was to document the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mali, Philippines, South Sudan, and Uganda. The project’s overarching goal is to amplify the voices of women and girls from these countries through stories of their lived experiences and their messages to world leaders, captured through a digital flipbook and shared through virtual events and social media campaigns.
‘Voices from the Grassroots: Radical Solidarity’
March 25, 2022
Watch the recording here.
The ‘Voices from the Grassroots: Radical Solidarity’ session that took place on March 25 at the NGO CSW66 Virtual Forum ran in parallel to the official session of the CSW66.
Our challenging times call for radical solidarity to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change and disasters on women, children, the LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. We welcomed a number of international speakers and participants to join this session, including:
- Ayesha Hassan – Associate Regional Director at Community World Service Asia, Pakistan
- Shobha Pradha Shrestha – Founder and Executive Chair of Women for Peace and Democracy, Nepal
- Yesenia Villalta – Project Coordinator for ADCASMUS, El Salvador
- Ruairidh Waddell – Regional Director for World Renew Asia, Cambodia
This event built on the Voices from the Grassroots flipbook and the Voices from the Grassroots Reflection Report, an initiative of the OCIC Gender Equality Hub compiling firsthand accounts from women and girls in Afghanistan, Guatemala, Kenya, Mali, Philippines, Uganda and South Sudan. Simultaneous interpretation was offered in English, French, Spanish and ASL.