The Virtual Panel Discussion on "COVID 19 and Violence against Women and Girls" is being organised by Centre for Gender Studies, Institute for Human Development.
The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing social isolation measures have impacted every part of the world, with over 100 countries in lock down. The protective measure to restrict people to their homes has given rise to unprecedented levels of violence against women. It has further reduced reporting of all forms of violence against women and girls and increased its invisibility. This virtual panel will reflect on the impact of the lock down on violence against women and girls at multiple levels. Shruti Majumdar from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF EVAW), will present the global impact from the perspective of the UNTF’s grantees i.e. grassroots organizations in the frontlines of this issue in 80 countries. Rashmi Singh from the International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Care will present the impact of the pandemic on survivors in India and the difficulties of data interpretation during this period. Lorna Mesina-Husain from the UNTF EVAW will discuss the implications on the funding landscape from a donor perspective, and the urgent need for investment in civil society organizations who are acting as first responders in the frontlines during the pandemic.