Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

Answering the UN Secretary-General’s Call on Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19

08/04/2020 - 23:20
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8 April 2020, New York - In less than 24 hours, 124 signatories joined the Statement launched by the European Union, Argentina, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand and Turkey in support of the appeal by United Nations Secretary-General Guterres on gender-based violence and COVID-19

UN Secretary-General Guterres

 

 

Statement by 124 UN Member States and Observers

We strongly support the appeal by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19.

As more countries report infection and lockdown, domestic violence helplines and shelters across the world are reporting rising calls for help. Victims and survivors have no means of escape when violence occurs in the place they are being told to take shelter: at home.

More than ever, there needs to be zero tolerance for domestic violence. We commit to making prevention and redress of gender-based violence a key part of our national and global responses, including ensuring that information is available and that services are safely accessible.

We pay tribute to social and health workers, civil society organisations, as well as UN Women and other UN agencies for their important efforts to tackle this crisis.

Women are not just victims. They play a major role in the response against COVID-19. Nearly 70 per cent of frontline health and social workers are women. Women also shoulder a disproportionate share of unpaid care work and they are critical actors in the sustainable development of all countries.

We must therefore ensure women are included in all response and recovery decisions. This is the only way to “build back better” for everyone.

 

1.     Afghanistan

2.     Albania

3.     Andorra

4.     Angola

5.     Argentina

6.     Armenia

7.     Australia

8.     Austria

9.     Azerbaijan

10.     Bahamas

11.     Bangladesh

12.     Belgium

13.     Bhutan

14.     Bolivia

15.     Bosnia and Herzegovina

16.     Botswana

17.     Brazil

18.     Bulgaria

19.     Burkina Faso

20.     Burundi

21.     Canada

22.     Cabo Verde

23.     Chile

24.     Colombia

25.     Comoros

26.     Costa Rica

27.     Côte d’Ivoire

28.     Croatia

29.     Cyprus

30.     Czech Republic

31.     Democratic Republic of the Congo

32.     Denmark

33.     Djibouti

34.     Dominican Republic

35.     Ecuador

36.     El Salvador

37.     Equatorial Guinea

38.     Estonia

39.     Eswatini

40.     Ethiopia

41.     Fiji

42.     Finland

43.     France

44.     Gambia

45.     Hungary

46.     Georgia

47.     Germany

48.     Ghana

49.     Greece

50.     Guatemala

51.     Guyana

52.     Honduras

53.     Iceland

54.     Ireland

55.     Israel

56.     Italy

57.     Jamaica

58.     Japan

59.     Jordan

60.     Kenya

61.     Latvia

62.     Lebanon

63.     Liberia

64.     Liechtenstein

65.     Lithuania

66.     Luxembourg

67.     Malawi

68.     Malaysia

69.     Maldives

70.     Mali

71.     Malta

72.     Marshall Islands

73.     Mauritius

74.     Mexico

75.     Micronesia (Federated States of)

76.     Monaco

77.     Mongolia

78.     Montenegro

79.     Morocco

80.     Namibia

81.     North Macedonia

82.     Nepal

83.     Netherlands

84.     New Zealand

85.     Nigeria

86.     Norway

87.     Palau

88.     Panama

89.     Papua New Guinea

90.     Paraguay

91.     Peru

92.     Philippines

93.     Poland

94.     Portugal

95.     Republic of Korea

96.     Republic of Moldova

97.     Romania

98.     Samoa

99.     San Marino

100.     Serbia

101.     Seychelles

102.     Sierra Leone

103.     Slovakia

104.     Slovenia

105.     Solomon Islands

106.     South Africa

107.     Spain

108.     Suriname

109.     Switzerland

110.     Sweden

111.     Thailand

112.     Trinidad and Tobago

113.     Tunisia

114.     Turkey

115.     Tuvalu

116.     Uganda

117.     Ukraine

118.     United Kingdom

119.     United Republic of Tanzania

120.     Uruguay

121.     Vanuatu

122.     Venezuela

123.     State of Palestine

124.     European Union

 

 

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