5 Things We’re Reading This Week - April 27, 2020

While it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic can be linked to a rise in domestic violence and child abuse, more news is coming out about actions that governments and others can take to help.


See below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:

1. First Vacs Survey Planned In The United States

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, (April 23, 2020): This article shares the exciting news that the first U.S. VACS will be piloted in the city of Baltimore.

2. Bogota’s Supermarkets Become Safe Spaces For Women To Report Abuse


Reuters, (April 22, 2020): This article highlights a new campaign in Colombia encouraging victims of gender-based violence to seek help in supermarkets and pharmacies.

3. Domestic Violence Is The ‘other’ Pandemic We Must Fight


Al Jazeera, (April 25, 2020): This piece explains the importance of government intervention in tackling domestic violence, not only during, but also after COVID-19.

4. Bolivia’s Leading Example In Fighting Child Sexual Exploitation In Travel And Tourism


ECPAT International, (April 23, 2020): This story highlights how travel and tourism businesses in Bolivia, with help from ECPAT Bolivia, have been working to protect children from sexual exploitation.

5. Why Covid-19 Choices Are Critical for Children


Inter Press Service, (April 24, 2020): This opinion piece explains how the policy choices that governments make now are crucial for lessening the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on children.

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