Women worldwide have been hit hard by COVID-19.
Women constitute 70 per cent of the workers in the health and social sector globally and are on the frontlines of the response. When households are placed under strain, domestic violence usually goes up, as does sexual exploitation. COVID-19 is likely driving similar trends right now.
Many women have no access to paid sick leave. If they must miss work, either because they are sick or they are self-isolating or their job site has closed down, they will lose income, and it will be harder for them to leave an abusive partner.
UN Women is working to provide support to all women on the frontlines of the fight against this pandemic; promoting flexible working arrangements for women with a burden of care; and prioritizing services to prevent gender-based domestic violence. Now you, too, can help them. Please give today.