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What's Current: UN chief urges end to 'horrifying global surge' in domestic violence against women amid pandemic

What’s Current: UN chief urges end to ‘horrifying global surge’ in domestic violence against women amid pandemic

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

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  • UN Secretary General António Guterres condemned a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” against women connected with government-ordered self-quarantines around the world. On Monday the UN chief tweeted:

“Peace is not just the absence of war. Many women under lockdown for COVID-19 face violence where they should be safest: in their own homes. Today I appeal for peace in homes around the world. I urge all governments to put women’s safety first as they respond to the pandemic.”

  • Women in Bangladesh are forming labour unions and leading the push for rights in fashion factories amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Twenty one women in Turkey have been killed since the government advised self-quarantine to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to women’s rights groups.
  • Women subjected to abuse and forced labor in a Dutch monastery filed a lawsuit against the Catholic church. The women, who were between 11 and 21 years old at the time, say they were forced to work without wages in laundries and sewing rooms for the profit of outside organizations.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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