Women of Change Series: The Difference

Author: PERL

Kano State did not register its first confirmed case of COVID-19 until the 11th of April 2020. Like other states across the country, it had put in measures to prepare for the outbreak of the virus. The state had ample time to ensure preparedness in the event that a case was confirmed. While neighbouring cities were under total lockdown, Kano residents went about their normal lives with limited restrictions even though the government had mandated a ‘stay at home’ order. Efforts were made by the state government to reach out to the teeming population on the importance of enhancing personal hygiene and understanding how the virus is transmitted. Several other actors using various social media platforms were also involved in raising awareness in both English and the local language - Hausa. Hajiya Rabi Mansur Yola, however, felt that women needed to be targeted specifically due to the key role they play in the home, in the community and in the state. With cases suspected to have resulted from community transmission, Hajiya Rabi wanted to ensure that women are sensitized on how they can contribute to minimize community transmission.