Stories from UN Women, UNFPA the Philippines and UNFPA Indonesia
When more and more women in the local communities were experiencing domestic violence under the COVID-19 lockdown, Da Nang Women’s Union took action to curb the violence and to reach out to survivors on how to get help.
As elsewhere in the region, gender-based violence increased in Thailand during COVID-19. For front-line workers answering a hotline which assists women seeking to leave abusive and violent situations, the case load doubled.
In the Philippines, 1 out of 6 girls is married before the age of 18. The Women-Friendly Spaces (WFS) is a safe space for women where they can learn their rights. Through WFS a mother and daughter with personal experience of child marriage became facilitators and protect and link gender-based violence (GBV) survivors to a wide range of services.
Sarah is one of those 26% of Filipino ever-married women aged 15-49, who have experienced violence committed by their husband or partner and who has. Read how “Cash for Protection”, which is part of initiatives to address the physical, emotional, and socio-economic consequences of GBV in evacuation centers established in the earthquake-affected communities, makes a difference for Sarah and other women.
Under COVID-19, cases of gender-based violence (GBV) have increased by 12% in Indonesia. In response, initiatives have been taken to ensure GBV survivors can adequately access and receive the necessary services on time. This includes a new protocol on GBV case management and referral pathway during COVID-19 pandemic, to aims to build a communication platform to share resources to ensure the fulfillment of the basic rights of women and children during the pandemic.