We know that crises disproportionately affect women and exacerbates gender-based violence and inequality. For survivors already facing hardships, the impacts can be devastating.
At AnnieCannons, our utmost priority is protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the survivors we serve through our software development training program.
To mitigate the potential impacts the virus can have on the lives and livelihoods of our students and broader community, we have temporarily shifted all classroom instruction to a remote platform to do our part in halting the spread of the virus, and provided students’ with accommodations for connectivity and hardware.
We have also shared the latest COVID-19 prevention and response recommendations to empower survivors with the information they need to protect their health and the health of their families. Our training Instructors are checking-in with each student to make sure they have the resources and support they need during this time of uncertainty; for survivors, immediate crises can often trigger historic trauma.
Importantly, we have taken measures as an organization to reinforce our investment in families and our unwavering commitment to promoting an inclusive workplace, especially for women. These measures include encouraging employees to make use of our generous paid sick and time off policies during this time, and covering local transport for any essential work-related travel through our partnership with Uber Community Impact Initiative.
Click here to see how the pandemic disproportionately impacts women around the world.
We also urge other companies, especially those with a majority female staffbase as well as organizations seeking to create a more inclusive workplace, to re-evaluate their existing policies to better accommodate worker flexibility during this COVID-19 crisis.
How YOU Can Help Survivors of Human Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence
During this period of uncertainty, AnnieCannons is doing all it can to support survivors and staff with a flexible working and learning environment.
Unfortunately, for the students, remote instruction means they will not have the benefit of face-to-face learning and dedicated use of our equipped training space, including built-in childcare and peer support. The lack of in-class participation also means reduced levels of individualized coaching that is so vital to their learning experience.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Donate to AnnieCannons. No contribution is too small, and your support will help us to:
- Expand teaching time and maximize remote individual support. This will help us to increase instruction time, offer additional 1:1 virtual tutoring, retain student participation, and provide critical follow-up to survivors during this interim crisis period.
- Accelerate advanced development skills training. We will ramp-up capacity of our trained graduates to respond to high client needs, positioning them to fill a widening labor demand for complex application work as companies move to digitize their workplace and shift to remote teams. This will also open up simpler website work for the newest graduates.
- Sponsor our current cohort of students. Each survivor faces her own unique hardships that place undue burden on her ability to participate or learn in the midst of crisis. >>> Reach out to email@example.com to learn more.
- Invest in our broader crisis preparedness to minimize future disruptions to our survivor training program. We are working diligently to reinforce our online teaching capacity and student support systems for the long-term.
- Hire us for your existing or emerging data quality needs. With corporate partners, AnnieCannons has always supplied data work for newly-qualified graduates still in class. With economic uncertainty, we need even more data work to offset reductions in the current workstream. If your company has data projects that require off-site help, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to explore working together.