COVID-19 and Violence against Women
Violence against women remains a major threat to global public health and women’s health during emergencies. It is the most common form of violence.
Violence against women tends to increase during every type of emergency, including epidemics. Older women and women with disabilities are likely to have additional risks and needs. Women who are displaced, refugees, and living in conflict-affected areas are particularly vulnerable. As distancing measures are put in place and people are encouraged to stay at home, the risk of intimate partner violence is likely to increase.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has placed an immense burden on health systems, including frontline health workers, there are things that can help mitigate the effects of violence on women and children.
- Guidance Notes for IFRC and Response Teams
- Note d'Orientation pour les equipes d'intrvention des societes nationales et de la federation
- Key considerations: Quarantine in the Context of COVID-19
- Rights in the Time of COVID-19 Infographic
- Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response
- Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in Education Programming
- Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19
- Scaling up COVID 19 Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations in Humanitarian Situations
- Key considerations: Online Information, Mis- and Disinformation in the Context of COVID-19
- Combating Zika: Social and Behavior Change Fact Sheet
April 17, 2020