Let's talk about the gender impact of COVID-19, especially for women and girls.
Interestingly, I started my Master's degree in Human Rights and Social Policy just as the pandemic began and since then I have been researching the impact of the virus on different aspects of women's lives. the COVID-19 pandemic underscores society’s reliance on women both on the front line and at home, while simultaneously exposing structural inequalities across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection. In times of crisis, when resources are strained and institutional capacity is limited, women and girls face disproportionate impacts with far reaching consequences that are only further amplified in contexts of fragility, conflict, and emergencies. Hard-fought gains for women’s rights are also under threat. I would like to share with you the 9 impacts identified through studies among various companies, the UN, among others. But first we must understand what is happening and why the pandemic has changed the world of women forever. The first one and the one that has been an problematic for so long continuous to be:
COVID-19 is driving a spike in domestic violence and is being compounded by money, health and security stresses, movement restrictions, crowded homes and reduced peer support. In a number of countries, domestic violence reports and emergency calls have surged upwards of 25 per cent since social distancing measures were enacted. Such numbers are also likely to reflect only the worst cases. Prior to the pandemic, less than 40 per cent of the women who experienced violence sought help of any sort.
Now, quarantine and movement restrictions further serve to isolate many women trapped with their abusers from friends, families and other support networks. And, the closure of non-essential businesses means that work no longer provides respite for many survivors and heightened economic insecurity makes it more difficult for them to leave.
For more information: Review UN statistics and Global Measures for revert these situations.