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History has taught us that during times of global crisis and epidemics - longterm outcomes are worse for women than for men. Data indicates that women make up a majority of essential workers, from health care to markets, and in the midst of lockdowns and school closures - domestic labor and the education of children falls disproportionally on female caretakers. Julie Mwabe, a Gender Advisor in the Executive Office of the President and previously a communications and policy specialist at the CDC and UNICEF, joins us to discuss how to better support women and girls during this pandemic. By elevating their needs, Ms. Mwabe guides us towards thoughtful solutions to resist the patriarcy and root dignity for women and girls. In this episode we discuss domestic violence and if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse or GBV - please call the 24hr toll-free Kenya National Hotline at 1195. To support Laja Trust (lajatrust.org)distribute sanitary pads to women and girls in need during this pandemic, you can send local donations to: MPESA PAYBILL: 839900 and ACCOUNT: 1003028000924. This episode was edited by Bukachi Akatsa of BTSU studios (bstu.av@gmail.com). The Up/Root jingle is performed and written by my daughter, Selah.

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