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Reliefweb; OCHA Services; United Nations of Human Rights (Office of the High Commissioner); COVID-19 Response (2020)   CC

Putting Human Rights at the Heart of the Response Topic in Focus: COVID-19 and Women’s Human Rights 15 April 2020 Stay-at-home restrictions and other measures restricting the movement of people contribute to an increase in genderbased violence, a finding confirmed by media reports, official statements and information received from OHCHR field presences and human rights defenders in many countries. Women and girls already in abusive situations are more exposed to increased control and restrictions by their abusers, with little or no recourse to seek support. Hotlines receive reports of women being threatened with being thrown out of their homes, exposed to the infection, or having financial resources and medical aid withheld.

COVID19,  Coronavirus,  Women,  Human rights,