Mitigating gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

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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

May 6, 2020
Year of publication
2020
Resource types
Video and audio clips
Countries
Tags
gender-based violence, human rights, GBV prevention

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