March 28, 2022

Gender-based violence during COVID-19 among adolescent girls and young women in Nairobi, Kenya: a mixed-methods prospective study over 18 months

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Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) disproportionately experience gender-based violence (GBV), which can increase during emergencies like the COVID-19
pandemic. A cohort of youth ages 15–24 in Nairobi, Kenya was surveyed at three time points over an 18-month period prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic: June–August 2019 (pre-pandemic), August–October 2020 (12-month follow-up), and May 2021 (18-month follow-up). We characterize (1) prevalence,  relative timing, and help-seeking for leading forms of GBV, (2) GBV trajectories over 18 months, and (3) associations of individual, dyad, and COVID-related factors on GBV trajectories among AGYW in Nairobi, Kenya.