I am in it. Women and girls slammed by pandemic. Remedy: Commit to being in the fight. In-depth report.



“Women are SLAMMED by the pandemic, especially single moms.

Complaints of domestic violence are peaking. Child incest and rape issues are a nightmare in some nations and regions,” says a women’s group’s seasoned  ‘hotline‘ manager.

In most cases in developed nations the big issue has been the management of the household with the children locked-in at home; and the financial impact of joblessness. The bills don’t go away but the income vanishes into thin air.

This article intends to bring focus on women at home who hold down “The Fort”. Women are saving humanity from a malignant patriarch and a single-strand RNA virus. It has yet to be decided which is worse.


by Sharon Santiago, Katie Alsop, Micheal John and  Melissa Hemingway

Melissa’s note: Sister, if you are finding things tough, you are in good company. If you need to talk to somebody, there’s a WhatsApp number in the article. Thanks for sharing a moment. Bless you always. Wear a mask and stay safe. And remember, you are now more radiantly beautiful and more important than you have ever been in all of human history.


 

Women are no longer going to the Office. OK. Stay home. Save the world, starting with the family.

“Locking all the doors to my house, I’m alone in my head.”

Cassie Anderson of The RINJ FoundationHelpLine‘ says, “We are always here to talk on various systems but Whatsapp is what we use all around the world.  Enter +16477399279 and sometimes you will get me,” she said. “But for sure you will get somebody, answering. Text on WhatsApp first.”

“Our ‘HelpLine‘ has many volunteer counsellors to draw from. In all they have a wide range of specialized training,” says Anderson.

“One thing we stress is ‘wear a mask’ in contravention to the accused Mr. Donald Trump who should be before a court. Mr. Trump has been discouraging women and children from wearing a mask which is a direct attack against the safety of women and children around the world,” says Anderson with her teeth clenched.

“We tell our American sisters that saving humanity needs a strong commitment to tearing down violent malignant patriarchs. But this accused Mr. Donald Trump who should be before a court, is worse than that. We now say, ‘get out and vote, ladies and save your country‘,” says the devoted humanitarian feminist.

Other resources:

UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response.

For more information on UN Women’s work around the world:  Africa | Arab States | Asia Pacific | Europe & Central Asia | Latin America and the Caribbean


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COVID-19 Pandemic SLAMS Women Around the World
Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag “HAIM” Image from the YouTube video below.

COVID-19 Pandemic SLAMS Women Around the World, especially women on the corporate ladder or at entry-level corporate jobs.

They are leaving. As they leave, financial efficiencies drop and losses increase.

It is a calamity because corporate gender parity can make corporations, communities and countries rich.

A recent study by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.org, released a few days ago, is instructive. (Their reports are always instructive.)

Too few women to advance. Source: McKinsey & Company

See the Graph above:

Despite gains for women in leadership, a “broken rung” in promotions at the first step up to manager was still a major barrier in the past year. For every 100 men promoted to manager, only 85 women were promoted—and this gap was even larger for some women: Only 58 Black women and 71 Latinas were promoted. As a result, women remained significantly outnumbered at the manager level at the beginning of 2020—they held just 38 percent of manager positions, while men held 62 percent.

The broken rung has a long-term impact on the talent pipeline. Since men significantly outnumber women at the manager level, there are far fewer women to hire or promote to senior managers. And the number of women decreases at every subsequent level. So even as hiring and promotion rates improve for women at senior levels, women as a whole can never catch up. There are simply too few women to advance.”—“Women_in_the_Workplace_2020″

McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org launched the study to help American companies advance diversity in the workplace. Read if you wish: “Women_in_the_Workplace_2020″

Between 2015 and 2019, close to 600 companies took part in the study, and more than a quarter of a million people were surveyed on their workplace experiences.

Now, in 2020, Women in corporate America are facing a new challenge: the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a McKinsey & Company statement, “This year’s report focuses on how the pandemic has affected women at work, including the unique impact on women of different races and ethnicities, working mothers, women in senior leadership, and women with disabilities. It also looks at the emotional impact of incidents of racial violence in this country [United States of America] on employees.”

“Finally,” the statement continues, “it tracks the changes we’ve seen in women’s representation over the past six years, and assesses how Covid-19 could disrupt those trends going forward.”

Women are going home.


It is worth your time to read, if you wish: “Women_in_the_Workplace_2020″

Meanwhile, men weakened by the Pandemic, rely on a malignant patriarch for impunity for violent attacks on women.



“The sense of entitlement for violence against women is festering within the authoritarian patriarchs,” says Michele Frances who is a frontline worker in Nicholas Madura’s fiefdom. “Women need to fight back,” says the tall, rugged woman fighting for her protectorates in the Amazon Basin. “If a man hits you, boot him out on the street,” she adds.


“One of the most common problems women and children are having during the pandemic is physical, sexual and psychological abuse,” the “HelpLine” manager, Cassandra Anderson says.

“Like this one. Here is an example of a resolved matter,” says Anderson.

“RINJ workers normally try to get the parties into a ‘safe house‘ which may be an organization operated hidden facility or a volunteer’s home, wherein the volunteer will act as a “care-sister” for the woman and her children.”

“I have a 9-year-old child, explained the complainant. “We fled Iraq because of the domestic violence during the COVID quarantine and my child was subjected to [withheld] by my husband …  physical and verbal violence for me, death threats and forbidden from working … I can get a job but he cannot. I am a licensed nurse. I fled now to Turkey and threats come to us. My husband is searching for me to kill me and the child because of his shame that we ran from his beatings. He tried already to kill me and my child. We were hurt so we had to go for help. Then we kept on going as we wept and call you. We are in the shelter in [withheld]. We have no money left  and would perish if not  from you we get food and drink. Thank you. Thank you.  I hope our cuts will be better since [withheld] treated our infected one and now its just heal.”  (Nada in Turkey)


Hence women must find their strength in feminine solidarity.


According to The RINJ Foundation: “Women are a critical factor in holding the fort; curbing runaway violence of a malignant patriarch; and fighting a single-stranded RNA virus.  Essentially women are needed to solve problems in humankind’s core existence.”

Economists in the Journal of Human Capital have adduced that if the gender labour gap were completely closed, per capita GDP would be 15 to 17 percent higher among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. But unfortunately things have turned the wrong direction. Men are in control of most corporations and during the pandemic they axe women first under the ruse of “belt tightening”. But the antithesis is that women are needed more in community and national leadership roles because they do a better job. During the pandemic, leadership really matters.

The United Nations estimates that women could increase their income globally by up to 76 percent if the employment participation gap and the wage gap between women and men were closed. This is calculated to have a global value of $17 trillion.

The pandemic, however,  will rob the ordinary people of the world of economic freedom, for now.

Women are needed to save families and run communities. Even women-run countries do much better. 

The U.N. also reports that companies greatly benefit from increasing leadership opportunities for women, which has proven to improve organizational effectiveness. It is estimated that companies with three or more women in senior management functions score better in all scales of organizational effectiveness.

Women leadership is generally better. The tide is turning.

“According to the United Nations’ sustainable development experts, while the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), “women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.” (From “Misogyny“)

Concurrently gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

 

So let’s focus on women and what they are doing during the CoV-Pandemic: coalescing the resources for ‘Holding The Fort’ and saving humanity!

A motivational speech from the RINJ CEO to ‘encourage’ (terrify?) RINJ volunteers to wear an N95 mask all the time—“every time you go out from home”.

“SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in China in 2019, but has since become a devastating ongoing global pandemic. Most SARS-CoV-2 infections are asymptomatic or benign, but SARS-CoV-2 infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) can cause life-threatening disease, which typically begins with pneumonia.

“Severe COVID-19 occurs much more frequently in patients over the age of 50 years and/or with comorbid conditions such as pulmonary, cardiovascular, and metabolic disorders.


“We suspect that in the future we may learn that comorbid conditions will include a previous infection of SARS2.


COVID-19 is very real. It is a pathogenic single-stranded RNA virus (+ssRNA) and it kills patients at an infection fatality rate some four to ten times greater than than influenza. That varies by a community’s typical vulnerabilities (for example, in the USA the prevalent comorbidity is obesity)  may increase as re-infections become more common in 2021 and the year after.

“It may re-infect everyone and continue to kill a growing percentage of victims as it re-infects patients having CoV-damaged organs.

“It could be a growing percentage of fatalities because conceivably, as SARS2 re-infects a patient it is storming pulmonary and other cells in an immune system that is damaged from the first, second or third infection.

“The urgent fact remains that whatever it takes, this SARS2 virus must be stopped by any means. If it continues re-infecting the surviving patients and kills .6-.9%-?%-?% — survivors will become weaker and humans fewer with every course of the virus, until we are all gone.

“There are many things we don’t know. But in what we are saying today you will learn what we must be preparing for and know that the fight is on. We must beat this virus.

Don’t give it another host.

Let’s get back to the new role of women, the gender that can save humanity

Este Haim, Danielle Haim, and Alana Haim of the roaring successful band named, “HAIM”, have a way of cheering up their millions of sisters around the world. Check out their video below.  Also below are the lyrics to their song: “Now I’m in it”. It seems to have a message.

FPMag asks Women: How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted you?


Here are some very stark truths.


 

Sexual Violence and Incest are extreme problems.

The “leader” who encourages his male national confreres to rape and murder, has locked families into their homes at gunpoint. Sadly these are the poorest and saddest people in the world. Rodrigo Duterte has used a violent military response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Children have been forbidden to go outside in the Philippines since March 2020. They do not leave their homes except to be nearby on the porch and even then they run the risk of being grabbed by police,” reports Karinna Angeles.

“In many cases children are locked into cages based on the Trump examples below.”

Children taken from migrant mothers and locked in cages in America

Children taken from migrant mothers and locked in cages in America. Photo credit: Facebook

Caged children in the Philippines

Filipino Children who violate quarantine are caged using Donald Trump’s example. Photo credit: Facebook

“The virus affected me so badly because I can’t go out to play, I can’t go out and watch a movie at the theatre. I can’t really do the things that I used to do like eating in our favorite restaurant or go to the park. And I can’t meet my friends in school. And I miss going to school And the worst part is if I get this virus I might get sick and spread them to my family. That’s not what I want. It’s like this virus changed everything. I want this virus to be gone, no more virus that kills a lot of people,” says a ten-year-old near Manila.


Excess deaths in the Philippines are staggering but a bigger problem exists: rape and incest.

Karinna Angeles, a nurse in the Philippines reports, “one of my ‘patients’ is a child who first presented with some menstruation questions. Cutting the story short, three weeks later the child had a neonatal premature delivery. Baby and child are in good health. I can’t say more than that. She is not old enough in the Philippines to consent to sexual intercourse because the age of consent is twelve, here,”  said the nurse.

People in Developed Nations see a different Pandemic. In America, the folks are scared now. Deaths are out of control.

How have you dealt with the COVID-19 Lock Down?

How have you dealt with the COVID-19 Lock Down?

“The Pandemic triggers homesickness,” says Lanie, a lady working away from home in a real estate office, in Jakarta.


“It’s a big crisis this year. Our restaurant is closed. Life is so hard now, it is so hard to earn money to feed my two boys. There were times that my relatives living in the province sent us money just enough to buy food because they understand our situation. How I wish to live in the province near my family. During the hard lockdown, only once we received  relief packs from the Barangay that is good for a day and a half  but at least we had something to eat. (Jho — A struggling Filipino mother who works hard to feed her children.)


“Its nothing here because we live as normal here in Taiwan. There’s not much changes only precautions like wearing a face mask. Unlike home in the Philippines where the system is terrible, it’s very different here. There are many restrictions in the Philippines, that is why I don’t want to go home yet.” (Nat in Taipei, Taiwan)


“I am afraid of quarantine. This pandemic changes everything like the children are not allowed to go out and you need to stay away from anyone even your friends and family. No gatherings and no visiting friends and relatives for now. That’s the new normal. From Rich, a mother of 3 working as an overseas foreign worker to support her children.


“My children are going crazy. They have school soon and the home learning is not working properly so they have been cooped up for seven months. They are now having misbehaviour, and their sleeping times are shifting all over the place. I quit my job because the hours were cut so far back and my kids were going crazy. The way I think is to be afraid of getting sick and giving to les petite but that is backwards. I am at more risk. Maybe not. Since I am home the children are calming down and I do not need to worry about the 11-year old babysitting on the days when I work. My parents are helping me with some money but they do not come to visit because of the risk both ways…” Joanne, Joliette Quebec. 


“Sure. I cope with the Pandemic these past 7 months by keeping busy at home. I’ve been doing more crochet, learning new recipes, having the occasional takeout delivery and we do grocery shopping online and have it delivered then wash the items before we use them. I also have been watching Netflix shows and movies a little more. Family time is treasured. If I do have to go out I wear the mask and keep my distance from people, says (Cat in Whitby, Ontario Canada)”


“The last 7 months have introduced me and my team to a new level of worry and of appreciation for life and well being.

“I operate an essential service company and with that, come the duty and responsibilities of helping those in need and, a huge concern for the safety of our front-line employees.

“Added to that, has been the difficulty of looking after the requirements of an ageing parent.

“Also of prime concern is dealing with merciless threats COVID-19 has troubled and affected our school children with.

“The unfortunate thing is; we still have to deal with the unknown of the longevity and calamity of this virus, and convince the skeptics that this virus is real and is dangerous.
However, hats off to the hard-working and dedicated medical experts. They are true heroes!” —Rose in Toronto Canada


“It’s very hard now, Melissa, especially for my youngest little boy. My husband passed. You helped him with his case when Manila could not, but we came to you too late. You said his x-ray was end-of-life. His last days you made better. I am alone. I am lonely.  My son always stays at home watching television, playing on the computer and phone everyday. We will be OK.  I am a teacher, and this new normal is so stressful, but we will beat it somehow.”


Here are some ideas for coping with child issues FPMag collected from experts around the world.

We publish this with the suggestion that parents who are sensitive and who interactively love and gently care for their children, top anything FPMag can write here. Maybe these ideas can help, but mom and dad know their children best.

  • Reassure children that they are safe and that your love is abundant, and reliable.
  • Encourage kids to ask questions and to talk about how they feel.
  • Give children routine chores like spraying with disinfectant their bedroom’s door knobs and handles. The older children can do the whole home. Try to find rewards that incentivize the tasks. Explain that this task is important and that they are now doing their part.
  • Be understanding – your youngsters may have problems sleeping, be upset, (toddlers throwing an unusual number of tantrums) and need extra care and attention.
  • Go lightly on discipline when a child is acting out. Encourage them to use their words and communicate. You might be dealing with core issues and not just mild ‘acting-out’. Keep your voice down, speaking softly, and encourage that type of communication.
  • Remember that kids look to their parents to feel safe and to know how to respond – reassure them and let them know you’ll tackle any problem together. Blessed are the peacemakers and more blessed are those who take the time to help a child.
  • Try to keep to normal routines and schedules – allow them to get outdoors and have supervised play. Be creative with play concepts. This is not a play date, so while out, remind them to keep 2 metres or more from those not part of their home-safe family.
  • Encourage kids to keep in touch with their friends or other kids their age through supervised video chats, supervised email, or phone calls.


Watch video: These are very talented women. But on your own, in your home, a tin can or a bongo drum is all you need to learn what these ladies are doing toward the end this song. It is cathartic. They say they have no frustrations after doing this song… watch and see why.

Then try it…


 

Wear An N95 Mask—Every Woman is a Frontliner

Recently, before a US Congressional committee, a good doctor we know we can trust said, “Wear a mask”. That was very controversial because the Accused Mr. Donald Trump who should be before a court has been discouraging women and children from wearing a mask. They won’t vote for him so they are disposable, he thinks? It seems that way. Here is a woman practitioner who is “in the trenches” and she knows which cases die and which ones live. She is ‘with Dr. Robert Redfield, so wear a mask’.


Video: Some children share their routine for hand washing and general home hygiene



Video: More about the RINJ Women’s Group