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.