By Paola Molina Noguera, Co-Founder of All with Voice
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that the 30% of women who have or have had a partner have experienced violence from him, both physical and sexual. In Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia the incidence is higher, near to 37% and in America it is 30% approximately.
Confinement derived from the COVID pandemic 19 has set off alarms in civil society organizations, governments and international organizations in the face of the increase in domestic violence against women, who, due to current conditions, are forced to remain in their homes in the company of the abuser and isolated from being able to make visible the risks to which they are being subjected.
Homes far from representing a safe place for women in many cases are becoming the center of the domestic violence pandemic, taking into account the very definition of the term pandemic; "Epidemic disease that extends to many countries or that affects almost all individuals in a locality or region", since the rates of abuse or mistreatment against women and girls has increased by up to 40% in some countries.
Yes OK 2020 It seemed to be a year of an awakening in terms of the recognition and struggle for women's rights and demands for greater protection from governments and institutions that impart justice, The effects of the Coronavirus crisis have focused attention on facing and minimizing the health risks that this virus represents in people's lives, where the feminist agenda loses influence in the public and private sphere.
But nevertheless, although isolated we cannot leave the victims alone, particularly 24 of the 33 Latin American countries have laws against domestic violence, But only 16 have criminalized femicide, which should lead to joining efforts to protect the lives of those at risk.
The Avon Foundation supported by Natura in Latin America launched the #AisladasNoSolas campaign to provide tools to prevent and combat domestic violence. Various organizations have put helplines at the service of women where they can report cases, In Colombia, for example, the government has the Purple Line to denounce, and is that the reality in that country is that each 23 minutes a woman is a victim of sexual violence.
While legal frameworks exist, the crisis derived from COVID 19 tests their effectiveness, in contexts where impunity has prevailed, in which the rights are reflected on paper but with few actions to enforce them, added to an economic crisis where the employment and economic independence of women is affected and which has a direct impact on the increase in violence against them by their partners.
Article published in politicaguru.com