COVID-19 and violence against women
The United Nations is working with Governments to make the prevention and redress of violence against them a key part of their national response plans. Unique solutions are emerging. In some European countries, pharmacies and supermarkets have become “go-to” places where the utterance of a code word (“MASK 19”) signals an urgent cry for help.
The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere. But the pandemic is having devastating social and economic consequences for women and girls. We are launching a report that shows how COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights – and recommends ways to put women’s leadership and contributions at the heart of resilience and recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and economic devastation around the world. I recently called for an immediate global ceasefire to focus on our shared struggle to overcome the pandemic. I appealed for an end to violence everywhere, now. But violence is not confined to the battlefield. For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their own homes.