Employment

  1. Children forced to fend for their families

    In most districts of Zimbabwe, a lot of girls have dropped out of school with some married off at early age and others turning to commercial sex work to eke a living. This is mostly because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has worsened pre-existing inequalities. The vulnerability of young girls in particular, has been…

  2. COVID-19 pandemic stifles the fight against early child marriage in Nigeria

    In many countries around the world, marriage before the age of 18 is a violation offundamental human rights of children. But in Nigeria, child marriage is still very mucha big problem. The country has one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates inthe world with an estimated 44% of girls marrying before their 18th birthday.…

  3. Small businesses in Zimbabwe hit hard by COVID-19 lockdown

    The COVID-19 lockdown has gravely affected a majority of Zimbabweans both in the rural and urban areas because the country’s economy is largely informal – and entrepreneurs have to travel to neighbouring Mozambique, South Africa, and Botswana to buy their wares. The lockdown has made it hard for people to work or find food. The…

  4. Covid-19 lockdown increases theft in parts of Mutasa, Zimbabwe, due to unemployment

    Despite the importance of COVID-19 measures such as lockdowns in the control and the spread of the virus, lockdowns have negatively influenced theft, especially among daily income earners. ECID Community Reporter, Kudzwai Terera, based in Mutasa District, Zimbabwe, tells the story of how COVID-19 lockdown measures have emboldened burglars in some parts of Zimbabwe. Mutasa…

  5. COVID-19 lockdown worsens the plight of commercial sex workers in Zimbabwe

    COVID-19 measures such as lockdowns, instituted governments in sub-Saharan Africa have been helpful in controlling the spread of the virus. This has, however, triggered some negative economic impacts on women. ECID Community Reporter, Faris Davison, based in Dangamvura, Mutare in Zimbabwe tells the story of how COVID-19 lockdown measures has worsened the economic plight of…

  6. Villages in Siachilaba faced severe poverty during the early COVID-19 lockdown

    The advent of COVID-19 has prompted several measures by many governments across the globe to mitigate the spread of the virus. Bridget Mukuli, a female ECID Community Reporter, based in Siachilaba, Zimbabwe, shares some of the negative impacts of the early COVID-19 control measures on the economic well-being of women in Siachilaba, and calls for…