This week, new data shows a significant decrease in women being able to report incidents of domestic violence, due to restrictions on mobility, increased isolation, and other COVID-19-related factors. In Bangladesh, for example, there has been a 50% decrease in the number of women and girls reporting for gender-based violence (GBV) services and a 30% decrease in Tanzania. Meanwhile, we know that COVID-19 is also impacting children’s well-being, but more resources are coming out on ways that parents can help keep their children’s stress from turning into trauma.
See below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:
International Rescue Committee, (May 7, 2020): This press release reveals findings from an analysis showing decreases in women seeking GBV services. It highlights the fact that this does not indicate that violence is decreasing, but that survivors are losing their opportunities to seek services and safety.
Devex, (May 6, 2020): This article explains how measuring violence against women — particularly during COVID-19 — is a sensitive endeavor, and underlines the importance of ethical and safe data collection during this time.
Washington Post (May 8, 2020): This feature highlights responses from writers and illustrators around the world on what #MeToo looks like in their respective countries, showing the unique ways that #MeToo has evolved into a global movement.
New York Times, (May 7, 2020): This article highlights ways that parents can help keep their children’s stress related to the COVID-19 shutdowns from turning into trauma.
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, (May 6, 2020): This article highlights new guidance issued by the Safe to Learn coalition on facilitating safe, effective online learning experiences for children during COVID-19.