How Covid Women Help initiative empowers Indian women who lost their husbands to Covid-19

Thousands of women who have been left widowed and jobless after losing their partners due to the Covid-19 outbreak, now have the chance to empower themselves through the Covid Women Help initiative.

Since the launch of the Covid Women Help initiative on May 11, more than 6,000 women have signed up through the website and more than 15,000 volunteers have stepped forward to help these women find jobs. Image: Suffix/Pixabay

CAPE TOWN, June 18 (ANA) – Thousands of women who have been left widowed and jobless after losing their partners due to the Covid-19 outbreak, now have the chance to empower themselves through the Covid Women Help initiative.

According to the company’s official website, they intend to empower women by connecting them with employers according to their skills set.

While many of these women may not have been the breadwinners in the family by putting their careers on hold to prioritise family life, however, the initiative will look at utilising any previous education and experience to find the best job placements.

“We have collaborated with companies that are forerunners in their fields and take their Corporate Social Responsibilities seriously,” read the mission statement on the company’s website.

“These are leaders who share a vision to not only to provide employment to bereaved women but also to give them avenues of professional growth and career development,” it said.

According to The Times of India publication, multinational companies such as PayPal, Walmart, Genpact and Zuora are supporting the initiative and have promised to hire women who fit the requirements.

Founder of the initiative, Yudhvir Mor, who is the India manager and vice president of US-based software firm, Zuora, said the idea sparked after the death of an ex-colleague who was the breadwinner in the family.

“I began thinking… what will happen to his family and kids now?” said Mor.

“It struck me that there must be hundreds of such women who have lost their husbands to the pandemic. Who was helping them?” he said.

Mor added that’s when he reached out to ex-colleagues and industry leaders to figure out a way of supporting these women to allow them to get back onto their feet.

Al Jazeera reported that since the launch on May 11, more than 6,000 women have signed up through the website and more than 15,000 volunteers have stepped forward to help these women find jobs.

“Do your little bit of good where you are, it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world,” said Mor, quoting South African Nobel laureate, Desmond Tutu.

He added that within the next six months, they aim to place 10,000 women in jobs to help them achieve financial stability.

– African News Agency (ANA); Edited by Naomi Mackay

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