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UN supporting ‘trapped’ domestic violence victims during COVID-19 pandemic

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) says that domestic violence was already one of the greatest human rights violations. Some 243 million women and girls (aged 15-49) have been subjected to sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner in the last 12 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this number is likely to grow.

 UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

 “For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their own homes... We know lockdowns and quarantines are essential to suppressing COVID-19. But they can trap women with abusive partners.”

He urged all Governments to make the prevention and redress of violence against women a key part of their national response plans.  Over 140 Governments have supported this call.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) says that domestic violence was already one of the greatest human rights violations.  Some 243 million women and girls (aged 15-49) have been subjected to sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner in the last 12 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this number is likely to grow.

 https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/un-supporting-%E2%80%98trapped%E2%80%99-domestic-violence-victims-during-covid-19-pandemic

 

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