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Jakarta Post

Women share immense stake in ending armed violence

  • Izumi Nakamitsu and Selma Ashipala-Musavyi

    New York/Geneva

New York/Geneva   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Domestic violence unit Deputy Chief Juanita Holmes speaks at 'March to End Violence Against Women' hosted by UN Women For Peace Association (UNWFPA) on March 5, 2016 in New York City. (Getty Images via UN Women For Peace Association/AFP/Noam Galai)

The global pandemic is forcing us all to experience degrees of hardship and uncertainty. For those who are also contending with violence—sometimes because of armed conflict raging just outside the home, or sometimes because the violence is in the home—insecurity and suffering can enshroud every hour of every day. As stay-at-home orders took hold earlier this year, many women and girls around the world found themselves suddenly confined away from view with their abusers, even at gunpoint. Soon thereafter, the United Nations secretary-general was reporting signs of a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence”. Ending the pandemic may bring little relief for these women, particularly in societies ravaged by armed conflict and violence. Left unaddressed, the waves of violence will continue to break against these women steadily. Women everywhere share an e...