The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted a global crisis. With infections soaring in previous months, hospitals overcrowded and understaffed, families split, and countless jobs lost. Amongst all of this there is a hidden pandemic, violence against women and girls.
The United Nations estimates that 243 million women and girls aged 15-49 experienced sexual and or physical violence by an intimate partner in the past year before the pandemic started. Since then, the instances of this violence have increased, especially domestic violence. They also found that there is an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines in multiple countries and lack of support for survivors as efforts and resources have been diverted in response to immediate covid-19 relief.