Protecting women from domestic violence in times of COVID-19

On the first day of the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, on 30 June, France along with a transregional group gathering countries from every continent and level of development, made a joint statement on measures to protect women from domestic violence in times of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a global increase in sexual and gender-based violence, online and off-line, including against women human rights defenders. According to the UN, domestic violence reports have increased from 30 % up to 200 % in certain regions of the world, making it the “shadow pandemic” as named by UN Secretary General. Sexual and gender-based violence remains the most widespread violation of human rights : 1 in 3 women in the world has experienced a form of gender-based violence, in most cases from current or former intimate partners.

Read the joint statement

The statement announces and launches the production of a manual compiling good practices and efficient policies implemented by governments since the beginning of the epidemic and lockdown to prevent and put an end to domestic violence. This practical guide should be presented in New York on the International Day against Violence against Women on 24 November, and finalized in view of the Generation Equality Forum that will take place during the summer of 2021.

Last updated on: 30 June 2020