COVID-19 is not the only pandemic we are facing. Gender-based violence is as widespread and as deadly. The requirement of physical distancing and the need to stay at home have increased the number of cases of domestic abuse. Economic injustice and reduced work opportunities are putting many women and girls at risk of sexual exploitation.
Moreover, the health of millions of women and girls is at risk, as some governments have considered SRHR services unessential. While we cope with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must keep raising awareness on these issues and demand an end to gender-based violence in all its forms.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.
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