“In all our communities, there are women and girls living at risk. All over the world, conflicts, climate-related natural disasters, food insecurity and human rights violations are exacerbating violence against women,” she said.
And according to UN Women, More than 70% of people have experienced GBV in certain crisis situations.
Whether in rich or poor countries, gender prejudice fuels violence against women and girls.
A senior UN Women official explained that this type of violence is “often unreported and suppressed by stigma, shame, fear of perpetrators, and fear of an unsuitable judicial system for women”.
and, Coronavirus disease Triggered a shadow pandemic, leading to invisible violence. She cited the increase in reports of the Violence Against Women and Girls Hotline (VAWG) around the world.
Hope is on the horizon
Nevertheless, Ms. Bauhaus said that hope exists and new opportunities are opening up.
Last summer, as part of a $40 billion pledge to women and girls around the world, Generation Equality Forum release Gender Violence Action Coalition Stimulate collective action, promote investment and achieve concrete results.
“Specific financial and policy commitments will be made in key areas, and measures will be expanded: support services for survivors, legal frameworks and more resources for grassroots organizations,” the head of UN Women assured.
‘Change is possible’
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Said “Violence against women is not inevitable.”
“The right policies and plans will bring results,” including long-term strategies to address the root causes of violence, protect the rights of women and girls, and promote a strong and autonomous women’s rights movement.
The United Nations established this model through a partnership with the European Union Spotlight Initiative.
Partner countries’ prosecutions against perpetrators increased by 22% last year; 84 laws and policies were passed or strengthened; despite pandemic-related restrictions, more than 650,000 women and girls still have access to GBV services.
“Change is possible, and now is the time for us to redouble our efforts and work together to eliminate violence against women and girls by 2030,” he said.
GBV without borders
Assembly President Abdullah Shahid said that a feature of gender-based violence is that it does not distinguish between social or economic boundaries and affects women and girls of all socio-economic backgrounds.
“This problem needs to be resolved in both developing and developed countries,” he believes.
According to the latest global estimates, nearly one-third of women aged 15 and over have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by intimate or non-sexual partners or both in their lives.
These figures have remained basically unchanged over the past decade and do not reflect the impact of COVID-19.
However, since the outbreak of the pandemic, new data has shown that all types of VAWG, especially domestic violence, are intensifying—the world is not prepared to deal with its rapid escalation.
This does not include the complete continuum of violence, including sexual harassment, violence in the digital environment, harmful practices, and sexual exploitation across different environments and geographic locations.
A survey shows that since the beginning of the pandemic, women’s sense of security has gradually weakened, which has seriously affected their mental and emotional health.New report Released by UN Women.
Release and start one day before International Day 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, The report shows that in 13 countries, almost half of women report that they or women they know have experienced gender-based violence during the pandemic.
Nearly a quarter of people reported more frequent family conflicts, and the same percentage said they felt unsafe at home.
This year, the Solidarity movementput”The Orange World: End violence against women immediately! “As an official theme.