Issue No: 17/2020

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 12 August 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis will be focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

This week’s Monitor features an open letter by Graça Machel, Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaVera Songwe and Maria Ramos, which appeals to world leaders to see the unprecedented crisis presented by coronavirus (COVID-19) as a unique opportunity for concerted action. Among other things, the letter urges the global community to focus not only on the immediate pressing needs, but also to take a longer-term approach aimed at placing women at the centre and also at transforming the structural and systematic barriers that continue to sustain and reinforce inequality. 

In the context of the commemoration of Women’s Day in South Africa (celebrated on 09 August), Sophia Theresa Williams-de Bruyn, the only surviving leader of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings, appeals for an intergenerational effort that focuses on advancing the economic emancipation of women in society. Alice Wairimu Nderitu argues that the call to cease all hostilities during COVID-19 must be implemented, as she reflects on collective initiatives by women at local levels to advocate conflict prevention. 

We end this week’s Monitor with Liv Tørres’ reflections on the triple challenges of health, socio-economic and political issues that are coalescing to present medium- to long-term challenges in Africa that must be addressed.  

Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Photo: GCIS
Photo: GCIS

Times of unprecedented crisis present unique opportunities for unprecedented action

  • Graça Machel
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • Vera Songwe
  • Maria Ramos

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed massive inequalities within our societies and has brought to light the unique burdens that women globally carry. The allocation of response resources should be dually focused on the immediate needs of managing the virus and, simultaneously, on the future, to dismantle the structural and systemic barriers that reinforce inequality and disenfranchisement. We have been presented with the opportunity to reimagine and redesign our society into one that is vibrant and equitable. We must place women at the core of the response and beyond.

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Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images
Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images
Livelihood Insecurity & Economic Impact

Intergenerational efforts to advance women’s emancipation

  • Sophia Theresa Williams-De Bruyn

In 1956, my generation of women organised and mobilised 20 000 women across South Africa to march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Our protest action was against the oppressive system of apartheid. Today, as we commemorate the importance of the 1956 Women’s March in South Africa’s history, I want to assert that the struggles we faced then are not dissimilar to what today’s generation of women is being called upon to respond to.

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REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Political Unrest or Violence

Collective action to prevent conflicts during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Wairimu Nderitu

The call for a global ceasefire by United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres came at an appropriate time, when the world needed to stop fighting and focus on the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic looming over us. However, more collective and inclusive action is required to make this a reality.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: ACLED
Livelihood Insecurity & Economic Impact

COVID-19 – the triple attack on Africa

  • Liv Tørres

About one million people on the African continent are now infected by COVID-19. And while we are still pondering how to rescue lives and assess the damage of the health crisis, two more ‘pandemics’ are still to come: the socio-economic spillover of the health pandemic, and its political consequences. With that also comes the massive risk to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of creating peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16).

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