More Than Just Lawyers: Women in Law Leading Relief Efforts and Policy Debates during COVID-19

* Nida Usman Chaudhary

This entry is in partnership with Women in Law South Africa (WOZA) and Women in Law Pakistan.


The COVID-19 pandemic across the globe has led to nationwide lockdowns and a period of economic stagnation is expected to follow. As it is, the daily wage workers have been amongst the first to be hit by the economic impact of COVID-19 in Pakistan. With hungry bellies and no money to buy food for their children, many are facing severe hardship and emotional and psychological stress. In addition, many are at risk of exposure to coronavirus as a result of lack of access to water and proper sanitation facilities and an inability to observe social distancing because of living conditions in over-populated ‘muhallas’ and ‘jhugis’. Faced with