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Jakarta Post

Coronavirus triggers gender-based violence, inequality

  • Stevie Emilia and Rita Widiadana


Jakarta/Denpasar   /   Wed, July 22 2020   /  01:00 am
The State of World Population 2020 was released by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. (Courtesy of UNFPA/-)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an emergence of another parallel pandemic of violence against women and girls – mainly those who were locked up in their homes with their abusers during lockdown. “We are living in deeply unsettling times. The pandemic has turned everything upside down, how we live, how we work, how we interact,” said Gita Sen, adjunct professor of global health and population at Harvard University. What’s more important, she added, was the backlash against gender equality and human rights, specifically the rights of women and girls across the world, including in parts of Asia and the Pacific. “I have seen very little active leadership to remove stigma and to deal with the backlash against gender equality. Some leaders have gone in the opposite direction and we really need to tackle this,” she said. Sen, who is also a distin...