Govts urged to protect women during virus lockdown

 
April 07, 2020

UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to include the protection of women in their response to the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic. Reports of...

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to include the protection of women in their response to the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic. Reports of domestic violence have surged globally in the wake of massive lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of the disease. "Violence is not confined to the battlefield," said Guterres in a statement and video released in multiple languages, days after his call for a worldwide ceasefire in the wake of the outbreak. "For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their own homes," he said. Describing the rise in domestic violence as "horrifying", he urged all governments "to make the prevention and redress of violence against women a key part of their national response plans for COVID-19."



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