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

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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.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.