Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in a statement to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women last month said men’s violence against women is also a pandemic, one that pre-dates the virus and will outlive it.

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Violence against women as global as Covid-19 crisis

What you need to know:

  • Last year, some 243 million women and girls experienced sexual or physical violence from their partner around the world.
  • In 2020, reports of domestic violence, cyberbullying, child marriages, sexual harassment and sexual violence have increased globally.

In late March, reports of violence against women began flooding into newspapers and onto TV screens as the pandemic picked up speed around the globe.


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