The UN Women has urged member-states to include prevention of violence against women in their action plans on COVID-19 and consider shelters and helplines essential services, calling the rise in gender-based violence a “shadow pandemic”.
As per data compiled by the U.N. body, France has seen a 30% increase in domestic violence since the lockdown on March 17.
In Argentina, emergency calls for domestic violence cases have increased by 25% since the lockdown on March 20 and Cyprus (30%), Singapore (33%) have also registered an increase in calls.
Important Info : UN Women?
Full name: The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women)
What is it? UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
History: In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women. It became operational in January 2011.
Headquarters: New York City, United States.
Source :The Hindu