P 23 March 2020

Key messages: violence against women and COVID-19

Violence against women and girls and COVID-19

No. of pages: 2
Author: Spotlight Initiative

Humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters and global pandemics put women and girls at increased risk of violence. This was true during the 2015–16 Zika virus epidemic and during recent outbreaks of Ebola virus disease, where reports of violence against women and girls – an often-underreported statistic – spiked. The current COVID-19 crisis is no exception.