5 Things We’re Reading This Week - April 20, 2020

While news outlets continue to cover the rise in domestic violence and child abuse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of organizations are offering guidance on what can be done to keep children safe (see #3 and #4 below).


See below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:

1. Closed Schools Are Creating More Trauma For Students

NPR, (April 20, 2020): This article explains how with social isolation, food scarcity, and parental unemployment, COVID-19 has destabilized students’ support systems and has been a trauma for many students.

2. Coronavirus Could Have Serious Consequences For Women’s Health, Says The UN


Forbes, (April 20, 2020): This article highlights a UNFPA statement that COVID-19 could have serious consequences for women’s health, considering access to medical treatments, economic factors, and gender-based violence (GBV) in the home that can exacerbate inequalities for women.

3. How to keep your child safe online while stuck at home during the COVID-19 outbreak


UNICEF, (April 16, 2020): This article highlights five ways to help keep children’s online experiences positive and safe during COVID-19.

4. Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Children


UN, (April 15, 2020): This policy brief analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on children, and includes a series of immediate and sustained actions for the attention of governments and policymakers.

5. Six Years After #BringBackOurGirls, Freed Chibok Captives Face Fresh Danger


Wall Street Journal, (April 14, 2020): This article explains that it’s been six years since Islamist militants kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria spurring the world-wide #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and warns that the young women could easily become victims once more. 

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