Understanding the Gendered Impact of COVID-19 on Young Self-Employed Nigerian Women and Co-Producing Solutions that Foster Better Systems and Wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had disproportionate economic and health impacts on self-employed workers in Nigeria. Self-employed women and youth have been particularly affected. Though uniquely disruptive, the COVID-19 pandemic shares similarities with life events such as childbirth, family emergencies, and health emergencies.
The project has two main objectives:
i. To conduct a gendered situational analysis to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic and other disruptive life events affect the paid and unpaid work and the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of self-employed young women in Nigeria; their strategies for coping with such events, and how these compare with those of self-employed young men.
ii. To co-produce with self-employed young women, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders a gender-transformative intervention that integrates social protection and promotes wellbeing. This will address the research question of how to collaboratively strengthen women’s resilience against disruptive life events and emergencies.