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HeForShe Champions Address The “Shadow Pandemic” of Gender-Based Violence

(New York, 2 June 2020) 

With most countries still in lockdown and millions sheltering in place, quarantine and isolation policies are exacerbating conditions for those already vulnerable to different forms of violence. Emerging data shows that since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls, and particularly domestic violence has intensified. A shadow pandemic has been growing.  

To add their voices of support in addressing this issue, HeForShe Champions and guest speakers convened to discuss the role of men in ending gender-based violence, share solution-oriented best practices from the private and public sector and provide tangible actions to implement.

Watch the recording here and check out the resources available underneath:


A series of policy briefs:

COVID-19 and Ending Violence against Women and Girls

VAWG Data Collection during COVID-19

COVID-19 and Essential Services Provision for Survivors of Violence against Women and Girls

On-line and ICT-facilitated VAWG during COVID-19

COVID-19 and ensuring Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls

COVID-19 Shadow Pandemic: Domestic Violence in the World of Work – A Call to Action for the Private Sector

Impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls and service provision: UN Women rapid assessment and findings


Safe Horizon is the leading provider of services to victims of crime and abuse in the US

Safe Horizon Hotline number: 1(800) 621-HOPE(4673) (US ONLY)

Safe Horizon domestic violence safety blog

Safe Horizon child abuse safety blog

Safe Horizon domestic violence resource page


Domestic violence and abuse at work toolkit


Domestic abuse advice

Domestic abuse during coronavirus restrictions 

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