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As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic [EN/AR/RU] – World

Galvanizes companions to fund organizations, reply to survivors’ wants, stop violence and gather information to construct a post-pandemic “new regular” because the 16 Days of Activism marketing campaign kicks off

New York, November 25 – Because the COVID-19 pandemic and a prevailing tradition of impunity threaten progress achieved on gender equality and ending violence in opposition to girls and women, UN Ladies is looking for strong and decisive motion in response to this unprecedented disaster on the Worldwide Day for the Elimination of Violence In opposition to Ladies. Within the run as much as the 2021 Technology Equality Discussion board – the place world actors will step as much as make daring new commitments to eradicate violence in opposition to girls – governments, civil society, youth, influencers and the personal sector will lend their voices for the 16 Days of Activism In opposition to Gender-Primarily based Violence, a worldwide mobilization marketing campaign that runs from at this time till 10 December. Collectively, they may demand a reset and to construct a “new regular” that delivers a future with out violence for all girls and women.

Even earlier than COVID-19, violence in opposition to girls was one of the vital widespread violations of human rights, with nearly 18 per cent of ladies and women experiencing bodily or sexual violence by an intimate associate over a 12-month interval. Because the pandemic raged on, an alarming upsurge of the “shadow pandemic” of violence in opposition to girls turned evident, with elevated charges of reporting on home violence, in addition to within the streets, on-line and in a wide range of settings. Calls to helplines elevated as much as five-fold in some international locations in the course of the first weeks of the coronavirus outbreak – whereas in others, they decreased given the lack of ladies to hunt assist via the common channels, whereas sheltered in place with their perpetrators. Projections present that for each three months the lockdown continues, a further 15 million girls are anticipated to be affected by violence.

“We’ve seen the entire world reply to the coronavirus pandemic, with all palms on deck, and with responsive funding and protocols backed by willpower. Violence in opposition to girls can be a pandemic – one which pre-dates the virus and can outlive it. As we face COVID-19’s devastation, there has by no means been a extra necessary second to resolve to place our mixed assets and dedication behind the most important points, and to finish violence in opposition to girls and women, for good,” stated UN Ladies Govt Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

In response to a “cease-fire at dwelling” referred to as by the UN Secretary-Normal earlier this 12 months, nearly 150 international locations agreed to make ending violence in opposition to girls and women a key a part of their response plans for COVID-19. Many have adopted via with stronger important companies, corresponding to shelters, helplines and different reporting mechanisms. But, solely 48 international locations, lower than 1 / 4 of the 206 analysed in a latest examine, handled violence in opposition to girls and girls-related companies as an integral a part of their nationwide and native COVID-19 response plans, with only a few adequately funding these measures.

Addressing the pervasive under-resourcing of this essential situation, UN Ladies has convened the Motion Coalition on Gender-based Violence, an progressive partnership of governments, civil society, youth leaders, personal sector and philanthropies to develop a daring agenda of catalytic actions and leverage funding to eradicate violence in opposition to girls. These daring actions and investments might be introduced on the Technology Equality Discussion board in 2021, in Mexico and France, together with these of different 5 Technology Equality Motion Coalitions.

Orange the World: Fund, Stop, Reply, Accumulate!

The 16 Days of Activism, which is powered by grassroots organizations globally, is a chance to leverage the renewed sense of urgency COVID-19 has created and propel concrete motion in opposition to gender-based violence. Within the lead as much as the Worldwide Day commemoration, UN Ladies has appealed to Member States to make concrete, tangible commitments in the course of the 16 Days of Activism.

This 12 months’s theme, “Orange the World: Fund, Stop, Reply, Accumulate!”, introduced by the UNiTE marketing campaign, bolsters the UN Secretary-Normal’s attraction and UN system-wide speedy response to the alarming surge in violence in opposition to girls and women seen this 12 months.

“Collectively, we should sort out male violence that impacts and damages everybody – households and communities, societies and economies – and holds again all our efforts for peace and safety, human rights and sustainable improvement. We have to improve accountability and query attitudes and approaches that allow violence. And we should present assets for girls’s civil society organizations on the entrance traces,” stated UN Secretary-Normal António Guterres.

In that vein, this 12 months’s marketing campaign urges all governments and companions to speed up concrete coverage responses inside 4 areas:

  • FUND important companies on gender-based violence and ladies’s organizations engaged on the problem in all COVID-19 response efforts
  • PREVENT gender-based violence although mobilization campaigns and a zero-tolerance coverage
  • RESPOND to survivors’ wants for companies like hotlines, shelters and justice response, even throughout lockdowns
  • COLLECT information to enhance companies, programmes and insurance policies

Addressing gender-based violence in humanitarian contexts

Ladies and women are disproportionately affected by humanitarian crises. COVID-19 has proven the necessity to prioritize the rights and desires of ladies and women in humanitarian crises. Intimate associate violence and different types of violence elevated as girls had been trapped inside their properties, tents and refugee camps with abusers throughout lockdown.

Signaling the growing wants for monetary assets to deal with this, the UN Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at this time introduced a contribution of USD eight million to UN Ladies to combat gender-based violence in emergency contexts.

This new allocation, from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will present a lot wanted enhance to assist native women-led and ladies’s organizations working in humanitarian emergencies to forestall gender-based violence, to facilitate entry to justice, and to supply survivor-centred companies to girls and adolescent women. It’ll additionally assist girls, together with survivors of violence, to develop and lead transitional justice processes (i.e. measures to redress legacies of large human rights abuse), on the native and nationwide degree. The funding might be channeled into two year-programmes in 5 international locations the place interventions particular to girls’s wants are at present underfunded.

All over the world

The UN official commemoration of the Worldwide Day will happen for the primary time in a digital format and might be a possibility for Member States to strengthen and advance their commitments to finish violence in opposition to girls and women. The occasion will rely on the participation of the Secretary-Normal of the United Nations António Guterres, representatives from UN Member States, Underneath-Secretary-Normal and UN Ladies Govt Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Underneath-Secretary-Normal and UNFPA Govt Director Natalia Kanem. UN Ladies Goodwill Ambassadors Nicole Kidman and Cindy Bishop; SDG Advocate, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador and Nobel Peace Prize, Nadia Murad; and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Founding father of Rise, Amanda Nguyen, amongst others, will take part by way of video.

As in earlier years, iconic buildings and monuments everywhere in the world might be lit in orange to name for a brighter future the place girls and women can dwell free from violence, together with the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx in Egypt; the Moai statues in Japanese Island, Chile; the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova; the Kuwait Towers; and the Brussels City Corridor in Belgium. Within the Netherlands, over 200 municipalities might be lighted up in orange in solidarity with survivors and to mark the 16 Days of Activism.

Tons of of occasions world wide may also shine a lightweight on this shadow pandemic, together with a TV-show fashion occasion in Thailand targeted on leaders’ commitments to finish gender-based violence throughout COVID-19; and a sequence of discussions, debates, artwork exhibitions in universities in Jordan on the function of males and youth in combating violence in opposition to girls. In Bonn, Germany, there might be a feminist tour by which individuals can uncover a brand new aspect of town’s previous and current, study well-known daughters of town and about feminism, utilizing GPS coordinates.

A human chain in Bangladesh; a web-based flash-mob with widespread younger video bloggers in Tajikistan; a video competitors addressing violence in opposition to girls migrant employees and trafficking in Indonesia; a coaching on self-defense to service suppliers and ladies’s organizations in Albania; and a high-level digital occasion in Panama with representatives from Member States within the area, are additionally among the many many occasions deliberate in the course of the 16 Days.

— to reliefweb.int

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