A Silent Pandemic At Home: Heightened Violence Against Women and Children

A Silent Pandemic At Home Heightened Violence Against Women and Children

  • 26 January 2021
  • 10:30 - 15:30
  • FREE
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A Silent Pandemic At Home: Heightened Violence Against Women and Children During The Pandemic?

A Silent Pandemic At Home: Heightened Violence Against Women and Children During The Pandemic?

Violence against women and girls confined within the space of ‘home’ is a global silent pandemic. Restrictions and deprivations to spatial mobility due to efforts to ‘flatten the Covid19 curve’ globally in 2020 have escalated violence taking place within the domestic sphere. A 10 to 50% increase in domestic violence helpline has been reported in some countries (WHO, 2020) and the period has further exposed the vulnerability of women and girls when it was difficult to get out of their homes for help. Violence takes different shapes and is exerted in physical and virtual forms. In the UK, there were about 350 cases of online child sexual abuse during the lockdown period, an increase of 10% on the same period in 2019. Media reports in Malawi report of increased numbers of defilements for girls and babies, increased levels of teenage pregnancies and child marriages. In Hubei, China, the levels of domestic violence tripled in February 2020 compared to the same month 2019. The number of domestic violence related deaths in the UK around March/April was double the figure from the past ten years.

In the on-going pandemic, government slogans tell us to stay home for personal safety. If the home in isolation can be a safe haven protecting us from the spread of the virus, it has not protected some from the violence inflicted on them from family members who share the same space.

What can we learn from the heightened levels of physical, psychological and sexual violence exerted behind the walls of the home against women and girls during the Covid19 pandemic?

Join the Global health population and policy research group and the Women and Gender Studies Research Cluster at the University of Portsmouth for a symposium on 26th January 2021 from 10:30 –15:30.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 10:30 –15:30 Online


10:30 - 10:35 Welcome, Lana Chikhungu, UoP


10:35 - 11:00 Covid-19 response measures and violence against children

- Amiya Bhatia, LSTM UK


11:00 - 11:25 Children on the brink: Risks for child protection, sexual abuse, and related mental health problems in the COVID-19 pandemic

- Sheila Ramaswamy, Nimhans, India


11:25 – 11:50 Rapid Assessment on Child Marriages and Teen Pregnancies During the Covid19 Pandemic in Malawi

- Trevor Hamela , Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Malawi


11.50-12.15 Reorienting Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya: A Review

- Constance Shumba, The Aga Khan University, Kenya


12.35-14.00 Break


14:00 – 14:05 Welcome, Isabelle Cheng, UoP


14:05 – 14:30 Using social media data for assessing children’s exposure to violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

- Claudia Cappa, UNICEF, New York


14:30 – 14:55 Utilizing an intersectional Feminist Framework in responding and mitigating against domestic violence in the Covid-19 context.

- Tendayi Garutsa, North West University, South Africa


14:55 – 15:20 The Covid-19 pandemic and the struggle to tackle gender-based violence.

- Meltem Ince Yenilmez , Yasar Universitesi, Izmir, Turkey


15:20-15:30 Closing Remarks, Lana Chikhungu, UoP


For the full programme details of the event click here

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