The study conducted evaluated two ways this pandemic could contribute to more gender-based violence. “The first is through disruptions in programmes to prevent violence and provide services, care and support to survivors. The second is through increased total acts of violence as lockdown keep women inside with their abusers and households endure stressors like economic turmoil.” The study further suggested that for every three months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million extra cases of gender-based violence is expected.
The data notes that over 47 million women in more than 114 low and middle-income countries across the world currently lie at risk of sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies during the lockdown.
Dr Natalia Kanem, UN Population Fund’s Executive Director shared in a recent media statement that “This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally. The pandemic is deepening inequalities, and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health.”
The UN study finds that the coronavirus pandemic could cause around 7 million unintended pregnancies and leave 47 million women unable to access modern contraceptive.
The pandemic is deepening inequalities, and more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health.
The UNFPA report further states that the current lockdown is expected to severely disrupt the efforts being done for women and children’s welfare. With a significant fall in the awareness activities against child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation, a severe spike in the number of cases in the coming years is also being anticipated.
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