We only use your email address to send you the newsletter and to see how many people are opening our emails. A full privacy policy can be viewed here. You can change your mind at any time and update your preferences or unsubscribe.

© Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE

“Our World Is Shaking Because of Corona”: Intersecting Crises and Disrupted Life Transitions among Young People in Ethiopia and Jordan Pre- and Post-COVID-19

11.01.22 | Ethiopia | Jordan

Across GAGE capabilities | COVID-19

Authors

Nicola Jones, Kate Pincock, Sarah Alheiwidi and Workneh Yadete

Our article explores how intersecting crises, sociocultural norms around gender, age, household and community and broader political and economic shifts are affecting youth transitions. We draw on qualitative virtual research with 138 young people in Ethiopia and Jordan undertaken between April and August 2020. COVID-19 is exacerbating ongoing crises and gender inequalities in Ethiopia and Jordan and foreclosing opportunities for youth transitions. In Ethiopia, the pandemic has compounded the precarity of young people who have migrated from rural to urban areas, often to locations where they are socially marginalised. In Jordan, the confinement of young people affected by forced displacement to their households with extended family during pandemic-related service closures augments existing perceptions of an extended ‘waithood’—both psychosocially and economically. In both contexts, conservative gender norms further entrench the restrictions on adolescent girls’ mobility with consequences for their opportunities and wellbeing. This article makes an important contribution to the literature on gender, migrant youth and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by showing how multiple crises have sharpened the social and political (im)mobilities that already shaped young men and women’s lives in Ethiopia and Jordan and the consequences for their trajectories to adulthood.

Suggested citation

Jones, N., Pincock, K., Alheiwidi, S. and Yadete, W. (2021) ‘“Our World Is Shaking Because of Corona”: Intersecting Crises and Disrupted Life Transitions among Young People in Ethiopia and Jordan Pre- and Post-COVID-19’ Social Sciences 10(12): 470 (https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10120470)


Related publications

Journal articles
10.11.22
The effects of conflict and displacement on violence against adolescent girls in South Sudan: the case of adolescent girls in the Protection of Civilian sites in Juba
Global
Read more
10.11.22 | Journal articles | Global
The effects of conflict and displacement on violence against adolescent girls in South Sudan: the case of adolescent girls in the Protection of Civilian sites in Juba
Read more
Journal articles
09.11.22
Youth, Gender and Climate Resilience: Voices of Adolescent and Young Women in Southern Africa
Voice and agency
Cross-country
Read more
09.11.22 | Voice and agency | Journal articles | Cross-country
Youth, Gender and Climate Resilience: Voices of Adolescent and Young Women in Southern Africa
Read more
Journal articles
09.11.22
‘A dream come true’? Adolescents’ perspectives on urban relocation and life in condominiums in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Across GAGE capabilities
Ethiopia
Read more
09.11.22 | Across GAGE capabilities | Journal articles | Ethiopia
‘A dream come true’? Adolescents’ perspectives on urban relocation and life in condominiums in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Read more