Eradicating gender-based violence is more crucial than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gender-based violence can take many forms, from physical to mental, and has long-lasting negative impacts on women and girls’ well-being that prevent them from reaching their full potential. All forms of violence against women have increased since March creating a “shadow pandemic” due to several factors, according to the UN. Women and girls are required to isolate at home during lockdowns, sometimes with abusers, and financial burdens plus tight living quarters are putting more households under emotional stress. What’s more, strained health and social services and lack of transportation are making it more difficult for survivors to access important resources or help.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Individuals, civil society, grassroots organizations, UN agencies, and governments will join together to demand accountability for the protection of women and girls over the two-week period.