5 Things We’re Reading This Week - April 6, 2020

We’ve continued to see stories covering the effects of COVID-19 on women and girls, including the growing threat of online child sexual abuse. This week, 21 global leaders, including TfG’s Dr. Daniela Ligiero, came together to call attention to these increased threats for children and youth and call on governments to include violence against children as part of their COVID-19 response plans. Additionally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has recently made a statement calling on countries to make prevention and response to GBV part of the national COVID-19 response plans.

 

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

1. Covid-19 school closures around the world will hit girls hardest

 

UNESCO, (March 31, 2020): This article warns that school closures worldwide due to COVID-19 put adolescent girls disproportionately at risk and can lead to sexual exploitation, early pregnancy and forced marriage. 

2. One in four women is not free to say no to sex, U.N. research finds

 

Reuters, (April 1, 2020): This article highlights a recent study that found one in four women is not free to say no to sex, and that women’s rights are declining in some countries.

3. UN chief calls for domestic violence ‘ceasefire’ amid ‘horrifying global surge’

 

UN News, (April 6, 2020): This article covers the statement made by UN Secretary-General António Guterres calling on countries to make prevention and response to gender-based violence part of the national COVID-19 response plans, among other measures.

4. NCA predicts rise in online child sexual abuse during coronavirus pandemic

 

The Guardian, (April 2, 2020): This article highlights recent warnings from the UK National Crime Agency that there could be a rise in online child sexual abuse offences during COVID-19, and underlines the importance of preventing offences especially during this time when there is an increase in online traffic and a possible elevated threat to children.

5. Calls to Spain’s Gender Violence Helpline Rise Sharply During Lockdown

 

New York Times, (April 1, 2020): This article explains the surge in calls to Spain’s government helpline since COVID-19, and how the government is responding.

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