Restrictions in movement, social isolation and increased socioeconomic pressures around the world have led to an increase in violence against women and girls since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to UNAIDS. In South Africa, Sonke Gender Justice highlighted that 2,230 gender-based violence cases were reported during the first week of the national lockdown (March 2020). The organization launched a #SPEAKOUT campaign to draw attention to this issue. Watch the video to find out how to help.
The Brothers for Life anti-rape campaign was launched in 2017 to end rape and gender-based violence in South Africa. Working with the Department of Social Development and funded by USAID and PEPFAR, the group developed a video clip in the hope that men who are at risk of abusing or raping women seek help.
Watch the video here.
Domestic violence can be reported to toll-free Gender Based Violence Call Centre on 0800 428 428 or *120*7867#.
Globally, before the COVID-19 outbreak, at least one in three women and girls experienced physical and/or sexual violence, one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. In areas with a high prevalence of HIV, intimate partner violence has been found to increase the risk of women acquiring HIV by 50%. Ending violence against women and girls must be a priority everywhere. Watch the UNAIDS video, "When will men stop thinking that women’s bodies are their property?" here