COVID-19 and violence against women and girls: what has the international community done to address the shadow pandemic?
High-Level Side Event of the Group of Friends for the elimination of violence against women and girls
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports from those on the frontlines have shown that all forms of gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence, have intensified. At the same time, resources and efforts have been diverted from gender-based violence response to immediate COVID-19 relief. As a result, access to many critical and often life-saving services has become increasingly challenging. The UN Secretary-General made a global appeal on 5 April to end violence, including in homes, during COVID-19.
146 UN Member States and Observers answered the UN Secretary-General’s appeal by committing to make the prevention and redress of violence against women and girls a key part of COVID-19 responses.
The Group of Friends was established in December 2020 to promote the implementation of the UN Secretary-General’s call. It aims to create a platform to share lessons learned on efforts to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence, to improve cooperation on this issue as well as to support advocacy initiatives and the mobilisation of additional resources.
Marking nearly a year since the UN Secretary-General’s appeal on Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19, the High-Level side-event of the Group of Friends at the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will provide an s opportunity to:
Opening (5 min)
Key-note addresses (7 min)
Panel: a discussion between political leaders and civil society (50 minutes)
Q&A with participants (15 minutes)
Closing (5 minutes)
Moderator: H.E. Mr Olof Skoog, EU Ambassador to the UN, Chair of the Group of Friends