United Nations activism amid COVID-19 pandemic


The United Nations draws our attention to the increasing rates of violence against women and girls, specifically domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article argues that addressing violence against women in the context of COVID-19 must become a global priority and explains the reasons why violence against women is significantly devastating. The United Nations highlights the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign which will focus on overcoming funding gaps, ensuring essential services for survivors of violence during the pandemic, preventing violence, and collecting data. The article brings awareness to feminist activists advocating for an end to violence against women and also provides links to ways that all individuals can become involved.

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Theme For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect! The UN’s campaign under this theme marks the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (November 25th, 2020-December 10, 2020) and is amplifying the need for global action in addressing violence against women and girls during COVID-19. The UN System and the UN Women work together with survivors, activists, decision-makers, and individuals from every walk of life to bring global awareness to the pressing issue of gender-based violence. 


“Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma, and shame surrounding it.”




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