According to an expert on the advancement of women, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed back progress in women’s social mobility by “a decade”.
Jane Kenyon, founder of the Girl loud The social intervention program said the negative effects of Covid-19 on the aspirations of disadvantaged girls will be felt “for several years”.
She has been working with teenage girls in the north of England since 2010 as part of their empowerment project to support “the next generation of women leaders and businesswomen”.
But she believes the bans have had a “huge effect” on her over the past twelve months, saying: ” Girls’ mental health has deteriorated in this pandemic.
“We have seen more self-harm, more depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
“Girls went online unsupervised much more, and so we saw that online care increased nine-fold.
“We’ve seen an increase in everything we don’t want to see. Now we’re going to see the effects of that.”
She added that the pandemic has already had an impact on class attendance: “Many girls have not yet returned to school.
“T. You’re scared and don’t want to come back. Now we’re trying to get some of these girls back.
“Of course there will also be massive fallout.
“We don’t really know the results yet.
“” We know from an ambitious point of view that we have undone a decade of progress in social mobility.
“We work in deprived areas and we will feel the effects for several years.”
Ms. Kenyon spoke just over a week after a vigil for Sarah Everard in Clapham Common, during which police handcuffed and removed women.
She said the event, and what she sees as a historic lack of action to combat violence against women, gave a “confusing message” to young girls.
“On the one hand, I want them to be empowered, but I also want them to be safe,” she said.
“I tell them: you have all this opportunity.
“The women who came before you opened the gates for you to be anything you want – but be careful when you are [go outside].
“Make sure someone knows when you left. Make sure you protect yourself. If you want to go out and get drunk, stick with your friendship group and don’t go home alone. Take care of each other.
“It’s a confusing news”.
Jane Kenyon is a life coach and writer who specializes in empowering teenage girls. Her Girls Out Loud brand has reached 45 schools and more than 8,000 teenagers in the north of England. She was also interviewed by the last year Liverpool echo for International Women’s Day.