There is no question that COVID-19 has changed the world. This week, a new UNICEF report showcased the impact of the pandemic on violence against women and children. Notably, nearly 8 in 10 children ages 1-14 were subjected to some form of psychological aggression or punishment by their caregivers in the last month. In addition, 18% of ever-partnered women and girls ages 15-49 have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner. While we are already seeing immediate effects of COVID-19, other research shows anticipated longer-term effects. A World Vision report estimates that an additional four million girls are at risk of child marriage in the next two years, as deepening poverty as a result of COVID-19 is likely to drive many families to marry off their daughters.
See below for five news stories that caught our attention this week:
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, (May 15, 2020): This article highlights key findings on violence against children and violence against women from a UNICEF report that illustrates how the world has changed due to COVID-19.
Johns Hopkins University Hub, (May 13, 2020): This article covers the challenges faced in preventing child sexual abuse during COVID-19. It highlights resources from the Moore Center for families to prevent child sexual abuse during the pandemic.
The Telegraph, (May 18, 2020): This article highlights findings from a World Vision report estimating that an additional four million girls are at risk of child marriage in the next two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CNN, (May 15, 2020): This article covers a dire situation in Uganda that women around the world are facing during COVID-19: due to transport bans, women are not only trapped at home with their abusers, but are unable to travel to seek medical treatment or help.