COVID-19 Jeopardises Gains Made Towards Protecting Women, Girls

Health crises such as the Ebola and now the COVID-19 crisis undermine strategies to end sexual and gender-based violence and other harmful practices and poses a serious threat to the significant progress made over the past decade. Livelihoods are lost, social support networks are disrupted, and we are witnessing a reduction of access to reproductive health information and services, write Justine Coulson (UNFPA), Roberta Clarke (UN Women) and Mohamed M. Fall (UNICEF) in a guest column.

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As the world moves to stop the novel coronavirus, the Democratic Republic of Congo is racing to also stop the spread of measles, a new outbreak of Ebola and armed conflict, bringing with it sexual violence against women who, as caregivers, are often on the frontlines of caring for the sick and also often blamed for spreading these viruses.

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