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The COVID-19 pandemic aggravates gender violence and addictions, creating a situation of vulnerability that primarily affects women Implementing gender-sensitive addiction services plays an important role in the elimination of violence against women

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women With 90 countries in lockdown, four billion people are now sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19. It’s a protective measure, but it brings another deadly danger. We see a shadow pandemic growing, of violence against women. As more countries report infection and lockdown, moreContinue reading “Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic”

Top doctors and lawyers condemn ‘shocking’ treatment of women in childbirth during COVID-19

Exclusive: openDemocracy investigation reveals ‘traumatic’ incidents defying WHO guidelines in 45 countries – as experts warn of ‘tens of thousands’ of extra maternal deaths. Top doctors and lawyers from around the world have condemned the “shocking and disturbing” treatment of women giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new openDemocracy investigation reveals today. Since March,Continue reading “Top doctors and lawyers condemn ‘shocking’ treatment of women in childbirth during COVID-19”

The Misogynist Violence of Iceland’s Feminist Paradise

The world’s “best place to be a woman” is far more dangerous than its reputation suggests. For the past 11 years Iceland has led the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index, earning the country the label of “the best place in the world to be a woman.” Iceland has some of the world’s strongest laws onContinue reading “The Misogynist Violence of Iceland’s Feminist Paradise”

Two million more girls might be tortured with female genital mutilation just because of COVID-19

Like a fire through dry grass, COVID-19 seems to burn the most quickly through communities that are already suffering. In Somalia, a country ranked 194th out of 195 on the Global Health Security Index, this is evident in the massive spike in female genital mutilation, or FGM, that has been recorded since the beginning ofContinue reading “Two million more girls might be tortured with female genital mutilation just because of COVID-19”

Domestic abuse killings ‘more than double’ amid Covid-19 lockdown

At least 16 suspected domestic abuse killings in the UK have been identified by campaigners since the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were imposed, far higher than the average rate for the time of year, it has emerged. Karen Ingala Smith, the founder of Counting Dead Women, a pioneering project that records the killing of women byContinue reading “Domestic abuse killings ‘more than double’ amid Covid-19 lockdown”

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