There’s been enough evidence that any crisis hits the vulnerable sections of the society the most. And today, let’s talk about how the global pandemic COVID 19 and it’s effect on women and queer community in our country.

The section of society represents many roles.

From waking up in panic after hearing the slightest sound in the house to staying with abusers. From carrying out added workload at homes to worrying about the finances on the family — women in quarantine are fighting many silent battles. 

I think we all agree that it’s not the same after the lockdown. Our experiences and expectations from the government have changed over the period. 

Jhatkaa.org asked women about their experiences in these challenging times. 

While over 75 percent women feel that “uncertainty” is the major concern during these times, it is followed by mental illness at 53 percent bothers them the most. 

A sweeping 83 percent of the group relies on friends and family to take care of themselves and find the solace. It seems worrying that only 9 percent would reach out to the government websites for support. It can be translated into the lack of confidence they have in receiving help from the government.  

The survey also shows that women and the queer community would want the government to take sustainable safety measures for them during the times of crisis. 

In positive development, over 98 percent of them would sustain the measures to take care of their mental health. Taking charge of mental health by our women would be a great step toward understanding self-worth.

The vulnerability is also hitting the queer community hard. From daily routine to arguments, to what to wear and what to say at home can be a source of stress. 

The pandemic has taught us that making collective efforts is the key to fighting this global crisis. There have been warm examples of countries like France.  Together, let’s try and understand each other’s experiences. 

It’s also a good time to tell our leaders that the safety of vulnerable sections of the society should be a priority during times of crises. 

Let’s use this opportunity to start compiling data that can influence decision-making in India!