“Global Crisis”: Incidents of violence against women triggered by the pandemic

“Global Crisis”: Incidents of violence against women triggered by the pandemic


On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women boss Sima Bahous described gender-based violence (GBV) as “a global crisis”. According to UN Women, over 70 percent have experienced gender-based violence.

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On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women boss Sima Bahous described gender-based violence (GBV) as “a global crisis”. According to UN Women, over 70 percent have experienced gender-based violence.

“In all of our neighborhoods, women and girls live in danger. Worldwide, conflict, climate-related natural disasters, food insecurity and human rights abuses exacerbate violence against women, ”said Sima.

November 25th is celebrated every year as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to raise awareness of the suffering of women.

The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women was issued in 1993 by the UN General Assembly. It states that violence against women is “any gender-based act of violence that leads or is likely to lead to physical, sexual or psychological violence”. Harm or suffering to women, including the threat of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether in public or private life.

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Sima explained that violence “often goes unreported, is silenced by stigma, shame, fear of the perpetrators and fear of a judicial system that does not work for women”.

The deadly coronavirus pandemic has sparked more violence against women. The senior UN official on women said reports of emergency numbers for violence against women and girls have increased worldwide.

UN Secretary General António Guterres said that “violence against women is not inevitable”.

“The right strategies and programs produce results,” he added.

“Change is possible, and now it is time to redouble our efforts so that together we can eradicate violence against women and girls by 2030.”

(With contributions from agencies)

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