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Community Responses to COVID-19: Best Practice Guide

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In early 2020, COVID-19 struck almost every corner of the world and, with shocking speed, overwhelmed public services. Globally, pandemic mitigation efforts exposed vulnerable populations and groups to increased hardship and violence — especially women and children.
Lockdowns, lost employment, and isolation resulted in increased domestic violence, poverty and rollbacks in education and participation in social and professional activities. Initial official responses often overlooked people living in segregated, impoverished or remote communities. 

As with most crises, civil society organisations jumped in to fill the gaps
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The BCI team has collected global examples of how community activists mobilised to support virus mitigation efforts, care the for the most susceptible and provide life-saving services.  The guide highlights the heroic and creative ways organisations and activists — from diverse communities in over 30 countries — assisted the most vulnerable, particularly women and girls. We don't pretend that the guide even begins to document the thousands of CSO efforts to respond to the pandemic, but we hope that the examples will inspire others looking for ideas and information.  

 
 

Taking the Lead

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The Best Practice Guide is the result of our support to Libyan CSOs. 

Together with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, BCI worked with civil society partners to identify priorities and implement workable solutions to meet the needs and priorities of women and girls impacted by COVID-19.

With funding from the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and ongoing support from the team at the UK Embassy in Libya, Libyan CSOs from east to west and north to south interviewed stakeholders in their communities to assess the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls.  The assessments enabled the CSOs to develop and implement responses to prevent the spread of the virus and mitigate the worst impacts on women and girls.   

 
 

The Libyan CSOs, which inspired the collection of global best practices for the guide, include: