COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

At the moment, there is no evidence to prove the extent of domestic violence in Bangladesh in the midst of the country-wide lock down since late March. Given that domestic violence is quite common in this country, it can be assumed that amidst tensions resulting from economic and health crisis, there is a high chance that domestic violence is on the rise. In a recent incident, a man from Feni district hacked his wife to death after a domestic feud.

Man kills wife on Facebook Live 

This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis with examples of actions already taken. It also considers the economic impact of the pandemic and its implications for violence against women and girls in the long-term.

It is a living document that draws upon the knowledge and experience of a wide range of experts who support solutions to end violence against women and girls, attentive to the country context in which the crisis is occurring.


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