Domestic violence on surge amidst COVID-19, says U.N. Secretary-General

In the midst of global crisis generated as a result of the fast spread of the pandemic COVID-19, global increase in violence against women and girls has just added to it. Many nations have witnessed a surge in domestic violence recently.

The U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and attorneys recognises this global surge in violence against the women and girls to the increase in social and economic pressures brought by COVID-19. Antonio Guterres has earlier appealed for a global ceasefire so as to divert all attention in fight the COVID-19.

In a statement on April 5, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “But violence is not confined to the battlefield”. “For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest-in their own homes. And so, I make a new appeal today for peace at home-and in homes-around the world”, he added. 

He also urged all governments to make the prevention and redress of violence against women a key part of their national response plans for COVID-19 that includes declaring shelters as essential services, setting up emergency warning systems in pharmacies and grocery stores, and creating safe ways for women to seek support, without alerting their abusers.

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