The poster "You Are Not Alone: Help Is Available If You Experience Violence or Abuse", available in English and Siswati, targets women and families to have a safety plan and access local violence/abuse support services. The material was developed as a response to a noted increase in domestic violence due to COVID-19 lockdown period.
Gender Based Violence
This poster targets women and children who may be experience abuse or violence in the home.
This poster, available in English and Siswati, targets women and children in Eswatini who may be experiencing violence at home. The key message highlights the importance of having a safety plan if women and children need to leave in a hurry because of abuse or violence.
This short video is targeted to men to prevent violence and abuse and encourage them to seek help.
This commentary follows the publication of Marie Stopes International's randomized control trial in Bangladesh which showed that mHealth to promote contraceptive use increased women’s report of gender-based violence.
This infographic illustrates how, since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls (VAWG), and particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked underlying inequities. Measures such as lockdown and physical distancing have confined many people to isolated, unsafe places that may increase risk of gender-based violence (GBV).
The COVID-19 pandemic is largely concentrated in cities and urban areas, with around 2,600 cities globally reporting at least one case of the disease. While the epicentre of the global health crisis is still Europe and North America, its impact on developing countries may be more devastating, especially for the poorest. The 1 billion+ people living in slums and slum-like settings in developing countries, where population density is high, are those most at-risk and least prepared.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a global crisis that is exacerbating gender (and other) injustices and increasing violence against women (VAW). Activist organizations have an essential role to play during this tumultuous time. Sustained VAW prevention work remains vital—as does addressing the immediate risks to women posed by lockdowns and other COVID-19 requirements which can exacerbate violence, isolate survivors and limit access to essential services.
Integrating gender into the COVID-19 risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) response demands consideration of how gender norms and roles, as well as inequitable power dynamics and decision-making, influence people’s experiences and needs at all stages.