Gender-based Violence and COVID-19

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted May 17, 2020 | UNDP

Gender-based violence (GBV) increases during every emergency - whether economic or driven by conflict or disease. Pre-existing toxic social norms and gender inequalities, combined with the economic and social stress caused by the pandemic, in conditions of restricted movement and social isolation, have led to a great increase in GBV. Many women are in ‘lockdown’ with their abusers while cut off from support services. This UNDP briefing note outlines strategies that UN agencies and their development partners can take to address GBV during COVID-19, in part by  mainstreaming GBV prevention and response in 'non-GBV specific' interventions.


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