UN investigations indicate that violence against women has intensified in the pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has made women feel more vulnerable to abuse, sexual harassment and violence, which in turn harms their mental health and emotional well-being. according to a report by UN Women, a UN organization dedicated to gender equality.

Forty-five percent of the women surveyed in 13 countries reported that they or a woman they knew had experienced some form of violence since the pandemic began, and the women who said this were 1.3 times more likely than the others surveyed to report greater mental and emotional stress. .

The surveys defined violence against women to include physical abuse; verbal abuse; the denial of basic needs such as health care, food and housing; denial of communication with other people, including being forced to stay alone for long periods; and sexual harassment.

The countries surveyed were Albania, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Thailand and Ukraine. UN Women said the countries had been selected on the basis of regional diversity, with priority given to low- and middle-income countries that implemented the organization’s programs.

The report was released ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which falls on Thursday and launches an annual 16 day campaign activism against gender-based violence.

Among the report’s results:

  • Four out of ten women said they felt more insecure in public spaces.

  • One in four said that household conflicts had become more common and the same proportion felt more insecure in their home.

  • Seven out of 10 said they believed that verbal or physical abuse of a partner had become more common.

  • Six out of ten said they believed that sexual harassment had been exacerbated in public.

  • Three out of ten said they believed that violence against women in their society had increased.

“The Covid-19 pandemic, which required isolation and social distancing, enabled a second, shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls, in which they often ended up locked up with their perpetrators,” said Sima Bahou, executive director of UN Women and a former Jordanian ambassador. “Our new data underscores the urgency of concerted efforts to put an end to this.”

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