UN / COVID-19 VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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UN Women will launch its new report “Measuring the shadow pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19”. The new data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has further intensified gender-based violence. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

24 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Kalliopi Mingeirou, Chief of the Ending Violence Against Women section, UN Women:
“We have this rate affirming that one in three women, they continued facing suffering physical and/or sexual violence and most of these forms of violence that have been experienced by their own intimate partners. And this rate was just the tip of the iceberg because this rate do not include sexual harassment or violence in digital context, harmful practices, sexual exploitation, etc. And even worse, we do know that such violence against women and girls is one of the most underreported crimes because of stigma, and because of lack of confidence to authorities.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Papa Seck, Chief of the Research and Data section, UN Women:
“Almost one in two women reported that they or a woman they know experienced a form of violence against women since the pandemic began. Exposure was highest amongst women in Kenya, Morocco, Jordan, and Nigeria, while those in Paraguay were the least that reported such experiences. Overall, one in four women reported that violence against women most commonly experienced is verbal abuse or denial of basic resources.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Papa Seck, Chief of the Research and Data section, UN Women:
“Looking at specific age groups, women who are most vulnerable, we see that younger women aged 18 to 49 years of age were the most affected population, but also women who are unemployed during. The findings reveal that one in four women are feeling less safe at home, as conflict has increased within households during the pandemic. And when women were asked why they felt unsafe at home, they said that physical abuse is one of the reasons.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Papa Seck, Chief of the Research and Data section, UN Women:
“Outside of their homes, women are feeling less safe as well. With 40 per cent of respondent saying that they feel less safe walking around alone at night since COVID began. About three in five women also think that sexual harassment in public spaces has gotten worse since COVID-19.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Papa Seck, Chief of the Research and Data section, UN Women:
“UN Women put forward some policy recommendations, including putting women under the center of policy responses, allocating enough resources to address violence against women in recovery and response plans, strengthening services for women who experience violence, investing in medium and long term prevention efforts, really ensuring that gender statistics and sex disaggregated data are collected regularly, such as these surveys that we just conducted to include to measure the impact of COVID-19.”
12. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

UN Women will launch its new report “Measuring the shadow pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19”. The new data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has further intensified gender-based violence.

The report will come on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), under the theme “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”

Speaking to reporters today (24 Nov) in New York, ), UN Women’s Kalliopi Mingeirou said, “one in three women, they continued facing suffering physical and/or sexual violence and most of these forms of violence that have been experienced by their own intimate partners. And this rate was just the tip of the iceberg because this rate do not include sexual harassment or violence in digital context, harmful practices, sexual exploitation, etc.”

She continued “And even worse, we do know that such violence against women and girls is one of the most underreported crimes because of stigma, and because of lack of confidence to authorities.”

UN Women’s Papa Seck also briefed the reporters. He said, “almost one in two women reported that they or a woman they know experienced a form of violence against women since the pandemic began.”

He explained, “wxposure was highest amongst women in Kenya, Morocco, Jordan, and Nigeria, while those in Paraguay were the least that reported such experiences.”

Seck added, “overall, one in four women reported that violence against women most commonly experienced is verbal abuse or denial of basic resources.”

Looking at specific age groups, Seck said, “we see that younger women aged 18 to 49 years of age were the most affected population, but also women who are unemployed during.”

He added that the findings reveal that “one in four women are feeling less safe at home, as conflict has increased within households during the pandemic. And when women were asked why they felt unsafe at home, they said that physical abuse is one of the reasons.”

Outside of their homes, women are feeling less safe as well, said Seck.

He explained. “with 40 per cent of respondent saying that they feel less safe walking around alone at night since COVID began. About three in five women also think that sexual harassment in public spaces has gotten worse since COVID-19.”

Seck also said that UN Women put forward policy recommendations, “including putting women under the center of policy responses, allocating enough resources to address violence against women in recovery and response plans, strengthening services for women who experience violence, investing in medium- and long-term prevention efforts, really ensuring that gender statistics and sex disaggregated data are collected regularly, such as these surveys that we just conducted to include to measure the impact of COVID-19.”

The report also comes as the world kicks off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign, “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”
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