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Our Coronavirus Response

Irise / Our Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

£130,000 of £140,000 target raised so far 0

Child headed households in Uganda receiving support


Vulnerable young women and girls in the UK receiving support

Period equality is about enabling women and girls and other people with periods to have power and control over their bodies and lives. We have all lost control of our lives to some extent during the current crisis, but vulnerable women and girls are losing control of their bodies and their futures.


The coronavirus crisis is rapidly evolving into a girls’ rights crisis as their fundamental dignity and right to safety is put at risk. 


Around the world women and girls are facing lockdown with their abusers. They are at risk of escalating physical, sexual and emotional violence at a time when help is harder to access than ever before.


They face a disproportionate burden of care and exposure to infection as they struggle to fulfil their care giving responsibilities in their family and community.  Many are wondering how they will feed their children in the weeks ahead.


Control of their fertility is in jeopardy as access to contraception and safe abortion are deprioritised.


Even basic gender specific needs like access to menstrual products are overlooked, adding indignity to an already overwhelming situation.

The need to take drastic measures to fight coronavirus is not a choice, but we can choose to protect vulnerable women and girls’ basic rights as we do so.


The choices we make now will define us for years to come. Let’s make the rights choices. Together.

Ensuring Provision 

We must ensure that vulnerable women and girls have access to basic necessities, including gender specific needs like menstrual products, contraception and safe abortion. We must support caregivers, particularly young, single mothers facing lockdown alone to feed their families.

Providing Protection

We must enable women and girls facing abuse to seek and find refuge from their abusers. No one should have to spend lock down with their abuser. We must ensure that those informally caring for the sick in the community are protected from the risk of infection.

Restoring Power

We must empower women and girls to share their experiences so that the unintended gendered impacts of lockdown can be identified and the rights of women and girls advocated for. Now is the time to come together as a community to fight coronavirus and to fight for the rights of the most vulnerable women and girls.

Voices from Uganda

Women from the communities we work with in Uganda have been reaching out to share how the Coronavirus Crisis is disproportionately impacting on their lives. We’re working with local government to get urgent support to them and their families.

Just £5 enables us to deliver a package of food, hand sanitiser, menstrual pads and educational materials about the virus and to help their children learn from home.

Share your Lockdown Story- help make women visible


We’re concerned that around the world women and girls have been largely invisible in the Coronavirus response despite facing a disproportionate burden due to lock down measures.

We invite you to take back power and make your voice heard through sharing your story with us.

You can share it publicly with the hashtag #womeninlockdown or privately with [email protected]


For Organisations

We need to work together during this time of crisis to protect the rights of women and girls. Please get in touch to let us know how Coronavirus is affecting the women and girls you work with. Let us know what action you think is needed and we’ll do everything in our power to help make sure no woman or girls is abandoned during this difficult time. 


For Individuals

We need our volunteers now more than ever. If you think you can help, whether that’s through fundraising, sharing your expertise or a specific skill, or through offering your time to help organise our campaign, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. 

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