Why focusing on gender-based violence is a priority in a crisis
Reports of domestic violence have fallen dramatically in fragile and conflict-affected countries since the introduction of lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
According to new data from the International Rescue Committee, reports of abuse have decreased by 50% in Bangladesh and 30% in Tanzania as a result of restrictions on mobility, lack of information, and increased isolation. In Iraq, almost two months passed without a reported case.
But these statistics don't mean gender-based violence isn’t happening.