This is a living document outlining the current evidence on GBV during COVID-19 as well as innovative solutions and recommendations for organizations to integrate GBV support into their COVID-19 response. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis with examples of actions already taken.
This is a list of country domestic violence helplines compiled by UN Women. There is also a list of agencies if a particular country does not have a helpline. Visitors can also submit a confidential individual complaint form to the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Source: UN Women VAW Helplines
This infographic illustrates how, since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls (VAWG), and particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
As stay-at-home orders expand to contain the spread of the virus, women with violent partners increasingly find themselves isolated from the people and resources that can help them. The surge in COVID-19 cases is straining even the most advanced and best-resourced health systems to the breaking point, including those at the front line in violence response. The infographic offers several actions to alleviate the situation.
The COVID-19 pandemic is largely concentrated in cities and urban areas, with around 2,600 cities globally reporting at least one case of the disease. While the epicentre of the global health crisis is still Europe and North America, its impact on developing countries may be more devastating, especially for the poorest. The 1 billion+ people living in slums and slum-like settings in developing countries, where population density is high, are those most at-risk and least prepared.
Most countries have responded with shelter-in-place orders, lockdowns and measures to curtail COVID-19’s spread. But slum-dwellers will have a hard time complying, as their overcrowded housing often lacks basic utilities, like water and sanitation. For women and girls who are slum-dwellers, the challenges are even greater as they face increased domestic violence (already being reported) and unpaid care burdens.
Women aged 15 to 49 are overrepresented in urban slums and slum-like settings in 80 per cent of the 59 developing countries analysed in a Spotlight on Goal 11 paper, produced by UN Women and UN-Habitat. In Kibera, Kenya, the world’s fourth-most-populated slum – and where COVID-19 cases are highest in East Africa – there are 116 women for every 100 men. The figure is 120+ women per 100 men in Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti and Lesotho. In 61 per cent of the 59 developing countries analysed, more than half of women aged 15–49 live in slums.
UN Women has been closely following the political and economic response to COVID-19 and how it is impacting women and girls. We are working with partners to deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension to the response so that it can be more effective for women and girls.
Source: COVID-19: Emerging gender data and why it matters
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