An Activist’s COVID-19 Resources Pack

An Activist’s COVID-19 Resources Pack
By Winnet Shamuyarira

By Winnet Shamuyarira

This pack offers COVID-19 resources that may be of use to partners, allies and all activists organising in these challenging times. The tools we’ve compiled are accessible and easily adaptable and can be used with communities and organisations. In this pack, you will find three kinds of resources:

  • Basic health info & how-to’s – Practical tools and simple infographics that help to explain COVID-19 and clear up any myths and disinformation (languages: English, French, Portuguese, Xhosa, Zulu, Swahili and many more).
  • Access to justice & remote campaigning and work tools – Infographics, directories, articles and tools to support community organisers and activists as well as organisations.
  • Political analysis, research & other readings – critical perspectives on COVID-19, the meaning of this current moment for activist organising and social justice, especially for activists organising across Africa.


The tools gathered here offer practical tips and information on COVID-19, how to protect yourself and others, guides on hand-washing and hygiene, as well as information to dispell any myths or misunderstanding about the disease. As noted below, many of the resources are accessible in different languages. There are also editable posters that can be translated into the language that fits your context such as the resources from Canva and Poster My Wall. We’ve also included videos which you can use to educate your organisations and community as well.

Poster from the Global Handwashing Partnership

Myth Busting Messages from WHO

CAWST Handwashing Posters

CDC posters

Coronavirus poster in Swahili

Coronavirus music video in Swahili

Editable graphics from Canva

Editable posters from Poster My Wall

Illustrations from Comics for Good

Vietnamese handwashing video and dance

Oxfam handwashing video

Explaining COVID-19 to kids

Health and Sanitation tips for those living in informal settlements – EnglishXhosaZuluAfrikaans

Posters for COVID-19 – Arabic, Chidigo, Cigogo, Dholuo, Ekegusii, English, French, Gikuyu, Hausa, Kalenjin, Kiembu, Kikamba, Kimeru, Kiswahili, Kitaita, Luhya, Simplified Swahili, Somali, Telugu, Urdu 

COVID-19 free learning channel (available in English, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Zulu) – this is a free learning channel that you dial into to access information on how to stay safe from COVID-19.

How to make a mask from a t-shirt


Even in the midst of the pandemic, our organising continues. The tools collected here are meant to help support organising work e.g. how to access legal aid, how to care for your community in a crisis. We’ve also included simple tips for organisations and activists to help organise meetings and workshops remotely. We will continue to grow this list in the coming weeks.

Organisations around the world that can assist with legal adviceand other information 

How to care for your community in a crisis (350 org

Coronavirus Tech Handbook– this is a constantly growing resource that offers everything from practical tips for remote organising, links to health and hygiene instructional guides, potential funding opportunities for groups in need and more.

Resources for online meetings, workshops, and events

South African GBV resources that are open during national lockdown


There have been many articles and analysis published on COVID-19 from several important critical perspectives. The selections here represent a small range of ecofeminist, gender-justice, human rights, left and radical analytical lenses that help us to make sense of the context at hand. We have also made a conscious effort to profile African movement and activist contributions to this growing discourse, and we will continue to add more. 

 1) Rural Women’s Assembly. 2020. Rural Women’s Assembly Update on COVID-19: Build Peoples to Peoples Solidarity.  

This report highlights a summary of some of the key issues that have emerged from extensive consultations and brief reports from our RWA country chapters in Southern Africa. More than ten countries have contributed their perspectives of the situation in the region. 

 2) Anumo, Felogene. 2020. Unchecked corporate power paved the way for COVID-19 and globally women are at the frontlines.  

An incisive article that outlines the impacts of corporate power on the environment and human rights. Corporations make up 71% of the world’s top economic revenue collectors and states tend to act as ‘hosts’ for the interests of capital and global elites who have control of resources, labour, information and finance. What does this mean for our movements now? 

 3) Feminist Alliance for Human Rights. 2020. A Call for a Feminist COVID-19 Policy

Endorsed by nearly 1300 individuals and women’s networks and organizations globally, from more than 100 countries, this statement demands States to adopt a feminist policy to address the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that is consistent with human rights standards and principles. 

 4) Okech, Awino. 2020. Feminist Reading List on Care, Crisis and Pandemics.

This reading list reminds us that we have been here before and spotlights a wealth of African and feminist analysis on care, crisis and pandemics. Bringing together material that draws on feminist and critical gender studies frameworks to offer a holistic analysis of what it means to deal with crisis. The material ranges from reflections on Ebola, HIV/AIDS, post conflict societies, hostile contexts (also commonly referred to as closing civic space).  

5) APWLD (Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development). 2020. COVID-19 Highlights the Failure of Neoliberal Capitalism: We Need Feminist Global Solidarity, APWLD Statement.

This statement frames the moment of crisis we inhabit now as one of opportunity, emphasizing the need for activists and movements to galvanise our collective power to realise human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially our rights to quality public services including universal public healthcare services, universal social protection such as unemployment support, social housing and universal basic income. 

6) Cross, Hannah and Zelig, Leo. 2020. Pulverized: Capitalism, Africa and Covid-19. Review of African Political Economy. 

Strong analysis by Zelig and Cross that addresses the permanent crisis (as opposed to the idea of COVID-19 being a ‘novel threat) in Africa fuelled by Capitalism, which in turn is deeply linked to Covid-19, itself emerging from industrial livestock production, itself a defining feature of capitalism.  

7) Klein, Naomi. 2020. “Coronavirus Capitalism”: Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. Democracy Now. 

Short video by Naomi Klein on what this moment can mean for movements across the world. Also read a written analysis along the same lines. 

8) Angus, Ian. 2020. Ecosocialism or Barbarism: an interview. Review of African Political Economy. 

This piece locates COVID-19 in an analysis of the ecological and climate crisis in the Anthropocene. He touches on the key idea of the metabolic rift or rupture in nature which Capital creates. Like so many other analysts he locates COVID-19 in the Capitalist industrial monoculture agricultural model. See also article by GRAIN on this analytical conclusion. 

9) Shiva, Vandana. 2020. Ecological Reflections on the Coronavirus | One Planet, One Health – Connected through Biodiversity:From the forests,to our farms, to our gut microbiome. Jivad – the Vandana Shiva Blog.  

In this post, Shiva adopts a systems-thinking position which obliquely takes on the capitalist system which, alongside other related systems, reduces earth and its beings to raw materials for profit. She emphasises the interconnectedness of all living beings and it is the breaching of this connection that creates emergencies. She advocates deglobalisation and localised solutions. One striking piece of the analysis, “Over the past 50 years, 300 new pathogens have emerged as we destroy the habitat of species and manipulate them for profits.”  

10) 2020. Out of Control: Crisis, Covid-19 and Capitalism in Africa. Review of African Political Economy. 

Brief writings by activists and researchers from Nigeria, SA, Burkina and Zimbabwe on how governments are using the virus as a cover for wider repression. While dated, the article offers useful perspectives. 

More libraries: 

The Centre for Feminist Foreign PolicyData2x and WIDE+ are collating useful data, analysis and resources from explicitly feminist and gender rights perspectives.

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