One in three women experience gender-based violence during their lifetime – and that number could be on the rise. Emerging data show that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, violence against women and girls has intensified. Domestic violence, child and forced marriage, and harassment of frontline workers, who are predominantly women, are on the rise everywhere.
There’s no time to waste. For every three months COVID-19 causes shutdowns, experts expect an additional 15 million cases of gender-based violence — on top of what women and girls already face on a regular basis.