A new report from UN Women has highlighted the impact of Covid-19 on women’s safety at home and in public spaces.
Almost half of the women said that they or a woman they knew had experienced some form of violence since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the report titled “Measuring the Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women During Covid-19” – which is based on survey data from 13 countries.
About a quarter of women felt less secure at home as existing conflicts have escalated within households since the start of the pandemic, according to the report, released on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Human Disease. violence against women, which falls on November 25.
When asked why they didn’t feel safe at home, they cited physical violence as one of the reasons (21%). Some women specifically reported that they had been injured by other family members (21%) or that other women in the household had been injured (19%).
Outside of their homes, women also felt more exposed to violence, with 40% of those surveyed saying they had felt less safe walking alone at night since the onset of Covid-19. About 3 in 5 women also believed that sexual harassment in public spaces had worsened during Covid-19.
Socio-economic stressors such as financial pressure, unemployment, food insecurity and strained family relationships stood out as having a significant impact not only on experiences of security (or violence), but also on life. well-being of women in general.
“Violence against women is an existing global crisis that feeds on other crises. Conflict, climate-related natural disasters, food insecurity and human rights violations all contribute to women and girls living with a sense of danger, even in their own homes, neighborhoods, or communities, ”he said. UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said in a press release.
“The Covid-19 pandemic, which required isolation and social distancing, enabled a second pandemic of violence against women and girls, where they often found themselves confined with their attackers. Our new data underscores the urgency of a concerted effort to end it. . “