“Since the community quarantine, my father rarely gets clients for minor home repairs since people are also afraid to let non-family members inside their houses,”she says.
At a young age, Jane has learned to maximize the power of social media to help her father put food on
their table and to buy medicines for her mother with hearing disability.
Although her business is mostly online, Jane still has to go outside since she is also handling the deliveries and meet-ups.
“I am also scared of catching the virus and risking my family’s health, but going outside is a necessity for me. It’s a risk I have to take. I just make sure I follow minimum health protocols like wearing masks, and bringing alcohol-based sanitizers and gloves,”she says.
With the “offline world” unsafe, Jane is ardently wishing the online world to be a safe haven. A wish she knows may be hard to achieve given the current landscape of the internet for young woman like her.
With most of her time spent online to manage her business, Jane is not oblivious to the possibility of harassment and abuse looming in the platforms she uses.
“I know that there are instances of harassment and abuse in online platforms but I really need to be online since my business is the only thing that keeps my family afloat during these trying times,”she says.
As a youth innovator of Youth Collective Action for Resilient and Safer Communities (Youth CAReS) Project implemented by Plan International Philippines, Jane has been equipped with basic knowledge in disaster risk reduction and management and has also been oriented on protection issues and her rights as youth.
Moreover, Jane knows the importance of youth participation in development and advancing advocacies, so she is now using her voice to advocate for an internet free from abuse, harassment, and bullying.
For Jane, a safe space in the cyberworld would be a great help for young women like her whose livelihood is dependent on being online.
Jane is a Youth Innovator of the Youth Collective Action for Resilient and Safer Communities (Youth CAReS) Project implemented by Plan International Philippines. Funded by Australian Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the project is an urban disaster resilience initiative focusing on strengthening the agency of young people.
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