As governments advise everyone to stay home to combat the spread of COVID-19, many women around the world are at risk where they should be safest – in their own homes.
With families struggling to make ends meet and lockdowns in place, tensions are amplifying the likelihood of gender-based violence. School closures and increased economic hardship for families living in poverty will put girls at risk of child marriage. Safe spaces for women are more important than ever.
ActionAid is supporting women on the frontlines of this crisis to ensure there are safe spaces for women at risk and are calling on the Australian Government to ensure that local and global plans include a focus on women’s protection and leadership.
ActionAid has responded to humanitarian crises and natural disasters by creating safe spaces for women in countries like Uganda, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal.
In Uganda, where more than half of all women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, ActionAid supported the Amuru Women’s Protection Centres and their efforts to help survivors make a new start.
In post-earthquake Nepal, we set up 23 safe shelters which became permanent spaces to help women understand and claim their rights. Women-only spaces also allow for women to take part in decision-making and empower them to lead in emergency response.
Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, your support can help us ensure there are safe spaces for women facing an increased risk of domestic violence.
Be a part of our efforts to scale up support for women on the frontlines of crisis!