For Many Women, Home Is No Safe Harbor

From an increase in rapes in Nigeria and South Africa, to more women murdered in Brazil and Mexico, and an uptick in reports of missing women in Peru, violence against women has increased dramatically during the pandemic, France24 reports.

“The house is the most dangerous place,” Moroccan associations warned before widespread lockdowns last spring.

To mark today's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UNHCR has shared tragic data on women and children affected by conflict during the pandemic:

  • 1 gender-based violence incident is recorded every hour in the Central African Republic.

  • Gender-based violence incidents affecting Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Colombia is up by 40%.

  • Calls to domestic violence hotlines up 153% in Colombia and 56% in Zimbabwe.

Globally, just 1 in 8 countries have taken steps to lessen COVID-19’s impact on women and children, according to France24.

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