Collaboration to Champion ‘Women of Covid19’

22nd June 2020
In a new campaign, two national charities are calling on the people of Wales to tell them about their coronavirus superwomen.

Chwarae Teg and Welsh Women’s Aid want to highlight the work of ‘Women of Covid19’, from those involved in nursing, care and cleaning, to teaching, retail and much more.

Women make up three quarters of workers in roles which are more likely to be frequently exposed to Covid19. Women are also experiencing increased abuse and violence, with contacts to the Live Fear Free Helpline showing the impact of Covid19 restrictions on women’s support networks. However, together the charities are committed to campaigning to ensure that as a nation we #BuildBackBetter and eradicate the inequality that continues to affect women’s lives.

By collecting and sharing stories the charities aim to raise awareness of women’s roles – both paid and unpaid – in society, and kick start a fundraising campaign to support those most at risk.

The funds raised will support Chwarae Teg’s work ensuring women are fairly represented, and the mission of Welsh Women’s Aid – to end domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women.

To share a ‘Women of Covid19’ story – whether it’s about a woman who has supported you with a small gesture or someone facing the pandemic head on – send a photo or video and a few words about the person to or tweet @chwaraeteg, by 31 July 2020. Separately, those wishing to donate are able to do so at

The stories will be shared across social media over the summer and feature as a package during Chwarae Teg’s Womenspire awards. Originally scheduled for June, Womenspire will now take place online – broadcast live on ITV Cymru Wales’ Facebook page – on 29 September, and promises to be a night to remember.

Female-dominated roles, which have been generally under-valued by society, have been vital to keeping the country running during this crisis. More women than men have been infected as a result, and women of BAME background are at even greater risk. Women have also been more likely to be furloughed from their jobs.

“There are so many women doing great things during this crisis, their ‘every day’ has become extraordinary. We want to share their stories and make sure we #BuildBackBetter.

Cerys Furlong
Chief Executive, Chwarae Teg

During this pandemic, our sector is under increasing pressure but women working across our membership of specialist services have been responding to the challenge to ensure there continues to be lifesaving and life changing help available to those who need it in Wales.

“We are proud to be partnering with Chwarae Teg to shine a light on the remarkable women who have made a real difference during Covid19. I hope it will help highlight and fund necessary for support for those most at risk in the future.

Sara Kirkpatrick
Chief Executive Officer, Welsh Women’s Aid