The Secretary-General called for the protection of women from the epidemic of violence associated with the spread of COVID-19

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Along with the number of women COVID-19, domestic violence is also on the rise – so dramatically that it prompted the UN Secretary-General to make a call today to protect women trapped in their own home – alone with the rapist. Most recently, UN head António Guterres appealed to all belligerents to lay down their arms immediately and fight the common enemy, the coronavirus.
Along with the number of women COVID-19, domestic violence is also on the rise – so dramatically that it prompted the UN Secretary-General to make a call today to protect women trapped in their own home – alone with the rapist. Most recently, UN head António Guterres appealed to all belligerents to lay down their arms immediately and fight the common enemy, the coronavirus.

“But violence is not confined to the battlefield,” the Secretary-General noted. “Many women and girls are at risk where they should feel completely safe: in their own home.”
Many women and girls are at risk where they should feel completely safe: in their own home
Guterres recalled that isolation at home and quarantine are necessary measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. But as a result, women may be trapped – face to face with partners prone to aggression.
In recent weeks, as economic uncertainty and social constraints have increased, a sense of fear and anxiety has increased, “we are witnessing a horrific outbreak of domestic violence,” and globally. According to the Secretary General, in some countries the number of women applying to support services has doubled.
“At the same time, medical facilities and police services are overloaded and lack staff. The work of local support groups is paralyzed or lack funds. Some shelters for victims of domestic violence are closed, others are overcrowded, António Guterres said. It urged all Governments to include the prevention of and redress for violence against women in their plans to combat COVID-19 as a major challenge.
This means that there is a need to increase funding for online support services and civil society organizations and not to refuse to prosecute those who abuse women.
The Secretary-General also proposes to designate shelters for victims of violence as life support services and to establish emergency systems for reporting the threat of violence in grocery stores and pharmacies. It is important to create opportunities for women to seek help without putting themselves in danger or attracting the attention of the offender, Guterres said.
The head of the UN called at this difficult time, when the world is fighting COVID-19, together to prevent violence, wherever there is a threat: from areas of hostilities to apartments and residential buildings.
The information has been prepared with a link to the UN: https://news.un.org/ru/story/2020/04/1375602

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