Submission of Evidence on COVID-19 and the increase of domestic violence against women to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, Dr Dubravka Šimonović

Barker, Kim and Jurasz, Olga (2020). Submission of Evidence on COVID-19 and the increase of domestic violence against women to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, Dr Dubravka Šimonović. UN.

Abstract

The focus of our remarks falls on specific areas of VAWG during the COVID-19 pandemic from across the UK, and Europe.
The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent periods of lockdown – and the easing of such measures – across Europe have highlighted the fragility of women’s rights protection and, in many cases, insufficient responses at a state level to tackle peaking violence against women amid the global pandemic. This has significant ramifications for women’s (human) rights as well as for ensuring their safety, dignity, and equal treatment at all times.
The emphasis below falls, first, on how laws and regulations have been used to restrict women’s rights in times of pandemic; second the manner in which domestic violence – and its technological forms – have been impacted upon during the lockdown period.

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