5 Things We’re Reading This Week - May 18, 2020

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:

1. 5 Actions To Help Bring The Most Marginalized Girls Back To School After Covid-19

Brookings, (May 15, 2020): This blog highlights five actions that governments and their partners can take to help bring the most marginalized girls back to school after COVID-19.

2. How Covid-19 Is Changing The World: A Statistical Perspective


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.  

3. Pandemic Poses Key Challenges For Preventing Child Sexual Abuse


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. 

4. Four Million Girls At Risk Of Child Marriage In Next Two Years


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.

5. A Transport Ban In Uganda Means Women Are Trapped At Home With Their Abusers


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. 

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