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UN Women Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) COVID-19 Briefs

This series explores in depth the trends and impacts of the recent global COVID-19 pandemic on violence against women and girls. It examines implications for the prevention of and response to violence against women and girls in public and private settings, including violence facilitated by information and communications technology. It also provides guidance for the collection of data on the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. Each brief in the series draws upon the knowledge and experience of a wide range of stakeholders that are supporting solutions to end intimate partner violence and other forms of violence against women and girls, accounting for the individual country context in which the crisis is occurring. The briefs make recommendations for all sectors of society, including governments, civil society, and international organizations, on how to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis, and include examples of actions already taken.

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The COVID-19 Shadow Pandemic: Domestic Violence in the World of Work - A Call to Action for the Private Sector

The unprecedented increase in domestic violence since the onset of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic marks an urgent call for action for the private sector to leverage their existing resources and influence to keep women safe at home and safe at work. Employers have a ‘duty of care’ to their employees working remotely from home and are in a good position to support those who may be affected by domestic violence. Many employers recognize their role and have been doing their part prior to and during COVID-19, and the importance of creating a safe and supportive working environment for survivors of domestic violence. An important element of this, reflected in the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) framework, is the broader promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the world of work.

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