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Through her lens: The impact of COVID-19 on Filipino girls and young women

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The Philippines


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Through her lens: The impact of COVID-19 on Filipino girls and young women

Through her lens: The impact of COVID-19 on Filipino girls and young women

This study was designed to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on Filipino girls and young women aged 13 to 24 years old. It zooms in on the effects of the pandemic on girls and young women as told from their own perspective.

Girls and young women also stated how they viewed the responses of the government and private sector, and what they think could be done to improve that response whether for the general populace and for their specific group.

Through an online survey, girls and young women from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao provided information on their perception on the effects of COVID-19 on various areas of their lives, specifically their environment, health, education and economic opportunities. Data on areas such as child protection, gender-based violence, risk communication, decision-making and leadership were also collected.

The results of the survey were then processed, organised, and analysed. The information allowed the researchers to obtain respondents’ insights into these areas and to draw recommendations from girls and young women themselves.

Key Points

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the girls and young women’s health and well-being, education, and safety and protection.
  • 42% of respondents reported feeling sadness, followed by frequently changing emotions (40%). Many respondents also felt bored, afraid and anxious. Some felt happy, uncertain, irritated and angry.
  • Girls and young women worried about the health of their family (68%), about the duration of the quarantine (53%), slim chances of returning to school and being able to leave one’s house (both almost 49%). These were more pronounced over their concerns of contracting the virus (40%). After these come their worries about human rights violations and gender-based violence against girls and young women.
  • The pandemic has significantly reduced the number of hours that girls and young women devote to learning. 28% of respondents said they studied for one to two hours a day. 20% said they studied for less than an hour. Only around 12% said they still studied between three and five hours a day.
  • This inability to study at home has two main causes: Internet connectivity problems and the need to help with household chores. A good percentage cannot study or work as they want to because they are given responsibilities around the house more than the male members of their families.
  • While majority of the surveyed girls and young women did not observe firsthand violence at home or their immediate environment, some 56% reported observing violence on social media or television. Such violence occurs in the form of cyberbullying, trolls and fake news, indecent photos, video or messages, online sexual harassment, and messages of threat and violence.


  • Research Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Message from the Country Director
  • Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Acronyms
  • Definition of Terms
    • Overview
    • Methodology
    • Respondent Profile
    • Impact on Health and Well-Being
    • Impact on Education
    • Impact on Economic Opportunities
    • Impact on Safety and Protection
    • Coping Mechanisms of Girls and Young Women
    • Risk Communication
    • Perceived Needs of Girls and Young Women
    • During and After COVID-19
    • Participation and Contribution of Girls and Young Women in Decision-Making
    • Overall Impact of COVID-19


This report was originally published on the Relief Web website.

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