Emergencies and pandemics are known to lead to large scale psychosocial impact. The psychological impact may include emergency or pandemic-induced distress (e.g. fear of the virus, death anxiety, diffused anxiety which is future oriented, grief, physical isolation of individuals, families or communities leading to non-pathological distress and mental health problems in a small minority), worsening of pre-existing problems (e.g. severe mental disorder; alcohol abuse) and humanitarian aid-related problems (e.g. anxiety due to a lack of information about food distribution). The social problems on the other hand include pre-emergency social problems (e.g. poverty; economic disparities, being a member of a group that is discriminated against or marginalised; political subjugation); emergency-induced social and economic problems (e.g. drastic decline of income generation, economic crisis, family separation; disruption of social networks; destruction of community fabric, resources and trust; increased violence against women and girls); and humanitarian aid-induced social problems (e.g. undermining of community structures or community’s existing support mechanisms). While emergencies are likely to affect masses, certain groups of individuals such as women, children, elderly, poor, migrants, frontline workers, marginalised and those with pre-existing vulnerabilities etc., are likely to be disproportionately affected by the emergencies (Source: By Aparna Joshi, Journal of Social and Economic Development,2021)
EMpower’s 3rd grant to Nirantar will support their work on empowering very young adolescents (VYAs) through a multi-faceted approach. Using this programme, they will create a community around the VYAs programme, which will focus on achieving gender-transformative social change and enhancing learning outcomes for adolescents, teachers, community activists, parents, and CSOs. They will also strengthen the curriculum on Comprehensive Sexuality Education by addressing the contextual gaps.
Primary Location: India
Funded Since: 2020
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