COVID-19 and teenage girls

My name is Marie, a final year student in college. I began my academic year with all hopes that by this time I would be finalizing my revisions and preparations for the end of year exams. If only someone could have alerted me that the anxiously awaited 3rd term would be interrupted with restrictions to mobility and my daily commute to school and library will be curtailed. I am worried and concerned about the life of students like me in my community who rely on college library for empowerment and education.




My name is Samira, a young woman and medical student working with the elderly and persons with disability particularly women and girls. Each day I check and keep in touch with all these people, many of whom are vulnerable and susceptible to COVID19.Though it feels very scary knowing that the virus doesn’t distinguish between caregiver and care receiver. I continue to stay hopeful for the safety and health of all my patients including women and girls in need of reproductive services and care.


My name is Jordan. My observation and experience in the early weeks of the #CoronavirusLockdown in #Cameroon is that while some people took the preventive measures very serious, others overlooked some of the recommendations such as physical distancing in the public. Forgetting that coronavirus doesn’t discriminate in its attack. It doesn’t look at class, status, gender, sex or age. Though, it’s most likely that COVID19 is highly felt among the poor population because of their lifestyle and overcrowded environments. In addition, poor people, especially girls from poor families must be extra careful & given special attention at times like these.

I am Kinkoh Raissa.  COVID 19 has caused a lot of changes in my community. I see many women, especially single mothers who work in sales, marketing and hair dressing having difficult to make a living these days.  The #CoronavirusLockdown has caused scarcity and upsurge of prices of essential commodities. There is limited accessibility and availability of sanitary pads in most rural communities which now forces some girls to use their used clothes as sanitary pads while using some for facial masks.

My name is Sakinatou. When news around COVID19 pandemic broke, many of us in the Muslim community never imagined that there will come a time where there is total lockdown. We only began to understand the intensity when mosques in Saudi Arabia were closed. That is when some of our people started accepting that there is a disease because since creation no mosque in Saudi Arabia has ever been locked up. We faced the challenge of incorrect/false information. It became difficult to decipher the right information from wrong. Such disinformation is dangerous for a child who rely on education from their elders.

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