COVID-19: How women-only communities on social media helped women cope with the stress of the lockdown

One of the issues that saved individuals going throughout the isolation of the COVID-19 lockdown was undoubtedly social media. Meeting in the digital, intangible world, individuals discovered camaraderie, kinship and braveness to tide over the concern, panic and isolation of the well being emergency. Facebook teams hitherto, used for enjoyable and networking assumed a brand new dimension. For many women, these teams helped allay such fears. . MetroPlus talks to founders and directors of a number of women-only teams.

Her Trivandrum, Anjali Manoj

Anjali Manoj  

“During the lockdown, I had people telling me how the platform helped them get through the day,” says Anjali Manoj who based Her Trivandrum Page in 2018. A journalist and an expert storyteller, Anjali started the web page after some disagreeable experiences on open social media platforms. “I got strange requests from people that made me uncomfortable. I thought it would be good if there was a platform where one could air their views without being judged. From queries like where to get a bikini wax to any issues facing a woman, the interaction could be non-judgmental.” Joining the web page requires an introduction from a member.

Today there are 8,000 women in the group from throughout the world. Except faith and politics, all different subjects are mentioned freely. Anjali vets the views earlier than posting them, she says. Her first submit is at 6 am and the final at 11pm closes the dialog. At the finish of the first 12 months, when the web page had 2000 members, almost 400 members met in Thiruvananathpuram. Anjali, who conducts on-line highschool grammar courses, additionally provides an instance of the enjoyable issues in the group: recalling favorite childhood smells” and such.

Minu Marie Mathew

Girl Boss Going Places

Minu, an entrepreneur with two e-commerce companies, arrange a Facebook group throughout the lockdown particularly for women entrepreneursto keep up a correspondence with them.

Minu Marie Mathew

Minu Marie Mathew

“Girl Boss Going Places is true to its namesake. It helps these entrepreneurs realise their business dreams through the power of community collaboration,” she says . The group is concentrated and maintains a weekly schedule for content material – Mondays for motivational tales, Tuesdays for suggestions, Wednesdays for product promotion, Thursdays for trivia, Fridays for information associated to enterprise and Sundays for gratitude. Saturdays are particular days, meant for networking and Minu chairs a name at 5 pm each Saturday. Group members can meet one another and discover inspiration, troubleshoot and uncover alternatives for collaboration. The Group celebrates success and likewise curates high quality content material for enterprise house owners.

Every from time to time, specialists from totally different fields come dwell to advise these entrepreneurs and reply their questions on a spread of topics associated to enterprise. “The lockdown has been harsh on most ventures, including mine which came to a complete halt. But with ‘Girl Boss Going Places’, we women entrepreneurs can find solutions to current business stagnation or use the time to build a strong foundation for the business to rebound and soar much higher once we return to normalcy. During the lockdown members were encouraged to pitch their business in short videos. These networking videos were unique and very helpful,” says Minu.

SWAN (Superb Women Agile Network)

Anjali Nair

Anjali Nair

Anjali Nair  

“The lockdown has revived the group,” says Anjali Nair who based SWAN in 2016 to supply a sisterhood to women from all fields. “The idea was to appreciate each other and our skills, because that motivates and brings out the best in a person.” Another motive was to assist the homemaker-entrepreneur to discover a assist base. “It was formed to help women.”

An instance of Anjali’s thought of assist: a gaggle of members met outdoors the digital platform and shocked a senior member with a gift on her birthday. “It made her day. It’s about caring and doing fun-filled activities. Our motto is to endorse each woman’s strengths,” says Anjali who would make movies of the members’ actions and submit on the group to advertise them. There have been additionally enjoyable digital periods like sing alongside, golgappa consuming problem and posting photographs of Holi celebrations. During the lockdown, they held a cooking problem that rejuvenated the 10,000 members of the group. SWAN is a closed community whereas its parallel Cochin Super Women is accessible to outsiders. “The uniqueness in Swanetwork is its contents which attracts people to involve in creative engagements,” says Anjali.

Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship (WEE)

Anupama Sandeep

Anupama Sandeep

Anupama Sandeep

Anupama based the group two years in the past with the intention of encouraging women who want to rejoin work after a profession break. Anupama, who’s into robotics coaching for kids, launched the digital platform to spotlight the points she confronted when she restarted her profession. Called WEE the group has turn out to be extra energetic throughout the lockdown. It has 500 members from throughout India. In 2018 she held a ‘Jobs For Her’ programme, by Carisma ( a women empowerment initiative of her firm Young Genius) in Thiruvananthapuram by which she positioned 200 women in firms throughout Kerala. This helped her turn out to be some extent of contact for women desirous to earn a living from home. Last 12 months, Carisma’s WEE held a conclave at Bhub in Mar Ivanious College in Thiruvananthapuram. “The group is active. Members post enquiries about their business and communicate issues they face. The lockdown has been a special time for everyone to reconnect more vigorously than before,” she says including that they held webinars and coaching periods for Post-Covid 19 actions associated to their fields.

The Cochin Circle

Roopa George

Roopa George

Roopa George  

Roopa George says she had virtually 10 energetic WhatsApp teams with members following totally different pursuits however the lockdown was a scenario widespread to all. “It was a time when we needed support and so I brought all those groups under one umbrella. We are 700 women from across the world who want to be connected to Kerala, India and with each other. The only answer to social distancing is virtual connectivity,” says Roopa who posts motivational quotes to start out the day and steers conversations, discussions and debates.

“We set up new goals of self evaluation.” According to her, the lockdown has proven folks that funding in relationships pays reasonably than materials investments and therefore connecting this fashion is fruitful. “My main aim is to promote other women,” she says and connects individuals to assist retail their merchandise, gives counselling and psychological well being programmes. Craft, recycling, trend and inspirational tales are some of the different subjects she encourages. However, most significantly, the group is pushed by social service. “Action and execution,” says Roopa is significant and the group organised computer systems and TV units for underprivledged youngsters who wanted these for on-line courses.

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