COVID In Her Voice

A Girl-led and Centred Participatory Research Study


Designed and illustrated this crucial report for Empower. The brief was to work with the organisation’s existing visual language and visualise some of their findings and data in simple and readable formats.
25 girl leaders from 7 Indian cities set out to interview their peers about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. This report captures findings from the research and actionable recommendations that the girls have put forward to ensure inclusive recovery.

The true and long-term impact of COVID-19 is not yet known. This is especially true of those most marginalised, including girls. But what we do know is that girls’ lives have dramatically changed because of the pandemic. In cities, girls have always been invisible citizens; the lockdown and curfews have further denied them access to the communities where they live, study, and work.

In this pivotal moment, one year since COVID-19 began to take hold, we have the opportunity to “unlearn” what has not been effective until now and build back in a more inclusive manner. At EMpower, we believe that girls are experts on their own lives and best positioned to provide eaningful guidance to practitioners and policymakers. We sought to better understand their current realities and to hear directly from them about their about concerns and priorities. So we set out to intentionally listen to girls, centre their voices, entrust them with decision-making responsibilities, and invest in them.

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Designed and illustrated this crucial report for Empower.