Manpreet Singh
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The COVID-19 epidemic has stimulated existing dangerous conditions worldwide by stressing weak health, political and economic institutions additionally. Given the urgent response of the world community to these situations, women peacebuilders have rallied to reduce dangers in their local communities. Women builders of peace have long been the focus of sustainable peace, but their labor is often not documented or recognized as work to construct peace. The pandemic has widened and widened women’s problems, the peace agenda, and the security agenda. There has been a great deal of attention to the increasing distress of women and girls and the need for action and these issues are typically addressed in a number of ways by women peacebuilders.
One area in which women peace-builders have worked is access to health care, humanitarian assistance, and social services information. The pandemic highlights the obstacles to accessing such information for vulnerable communities—including women—and as women peacebuilders identify and frequently experience such barriers, they have focused their energy on helping the local people to defend themselves. It is particularly crucial for other women to receive this knowledge because they frequently provide the majority of official and informal treatment at home. Psycho-social support is another aspect. Organizations like Hope for the Needy Association (HOFNA), led by women peacebuilders in Cameroon, support populations with the repercussions of COVID-19, using a variety of community approaches such as traditional storytelling. Women peacebuilders also provide information on the needs of people on the ground, particularly the vulnerable, such as the refugees and those displaced, to local governments and to the international community. The economic consequences of the epidemic are the third aspect. The consequences affect women’s sectors, notably informal industries, disproportionately. For example, by helping local women farmers and training women how to produce items important during this period, such as seasoning and sanitary pads, peace-builders address these repercussions. These policies are already working towards the process of post-pandemic reconstruction so that wealth and power in society are equitably distributed.