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Ending violence against women and girls in the COVID world

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Ending violence against women and girls in the COVID world

Violence against women and girls was already a pervasive in Afghanistan before the corona virus: Almost 90 percent of Afghan women have experienced at least one form of physical, sexual, or psychological violence in their life time, the World Health Organization says.

COVID-19 has fuelled a spike in gender-based violence across the world, as well as in crisis zones, aid groups say. The pandemic has exacerbated existing gender inequalities and economic stress, while lockdowns have left women trapped in their homes with their abusers, cut off from services like counselling and safe shelters.

As part of our commitment to solve social problems, Hashar volunteers have focused on women empowerment and prevention on gender-based violence at the time of COVID. Parents from 150 IDP families were trained about gender-based violence and distributed by educational packages and women safety kits in partnership with UN women.