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Almost half of women have suffered some form of violence during the pandemic, according to the UN

Almost half of women have suffered some form of violence since the outbreak of the pandemic of coronavirus, which has exacerbated this situation both in their homes and in public spaces, according to a UN Women report.

The study, published on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, What do I know?onmemora this Thursday, November 25, points out that one in two women has claimed to have experienced violence.

The UN has warned that women who have manifested these data, through surveys conducted in thirteen countries in various regions of the world, they were 1.3 times more likely to have “increased mental and emotional stress” than women who did not.

The report also shows that about 25% of women feel less safe at home. and that family conflicts have increased since the start of COVID-19 in March 2020.

In addition, 21% feel unsafe at home due to physical abuse, while the same percentage claims to have suffered damage at the hands of other family members and 19% report that other women in the household were suffering these damages.

On the other hand, 40% of the participating women expressed that Since the pandemic began, she feels less safe walking alone at night, while three out of five think that sexual harassment in public spaces has worsened in the health crisis.

According to the UN Women report, among the socioeconomic factors that have influenced insecurity or violence are: “Financial pressures, lack of employment, food insecurity and family relationships.”

The executive director of UN Women asserted that the new data “These data underscore the urgency of carrying out concerted efforts to end this situation ”, has urged the executive director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, commenting on the study, which begins the ’16 Days of activism against gender violence ‘, which is part of the UN global campaign’ UNITE ‘that will conclude 10th of December.

Bahous has warned that violence against women is a “global crisis” that “grows in conjunction with other crises”, such as conflicts, climate-related disasters, food insecurity and human rights violations, situations that “contribute to women and girls living with a sense of danger, even in their own homes, neighborhoods or communities ”.

With the isolation and social distancing measures, Covid-19 has led to a “Second pandemic of shadow violence against women and girls”, since they have been “often confined together with their abusers,” he criticized in a virtual event on November 25.

Change is possible

About, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has stated that there is evidence that indicate that “change is possible” in the face of this situation of violence.

“This implies that there are comprehensive and long-term strategies that address the root causes of violence, protect the rights of women and girls, and promote strong and autonomous movements in favor of women’s rights ”, defended the UN chief.

Guterres has stressed that “Now is the time to redouble our efforts” to “eliminate violence against women and girls by 2030 ″.

For its part, a group of UN experts on Human Rights has pointed out that women and girls around the world continue to be subjected to multiple forms of gender-based violence, including femicide, online violence, and domestic violence.

Although they represent more than half of the world’s population, women and girls around the world are still at risk of being killed. and subject to violence, intimidation and harassment when they speak, for the simple fact of being women and girls ”, they have warned.

In this context, they have said that this violence is “the result of the social, political, economic, racial, caste and cultural discrimination that is perpetrated daily”, even “in the context of armed conflicts”.

Experts have added thate the different forms of discrimination against women “They aggravate the intensity and frequency of violence” while “exacerbating the impunity that exists against it” and “increasing the social and individual disposition to allow it.”

Likewise, they have shown their concern for the new spaces in which gender violence is practiced, such as cyberspace and social networks, and they have called on States to protect women and prevent this scourge.

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