If there is just one outcome from the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa that could be considered positive, it is this: for perhaps the first time, the reality of household hunger and malnutrition has become visible to policymakers, writes Julie Smith and Tracy Ledger. To date, food security policies and strategies have displayed a remarkable ignorance of the depth, effect and drivers of household malnutrition. These policies demonstrate little or no knowledge of the daily liv
The Covid-19 outbreak is exacerbating gender inequalities and discrimination facing women and girls in Asia and the Pacific, finds a new report by UN Women. The report, titled “The First 100 Days of the Covid-19 Outbreak in Asia and the Pacific: A Gender Lens”, said women and girls were affected by Covid-19 disproportionately to men and boys. And they were less resilient and less able to control the effects of the outbreak. It highlights the immediate needs of women in the co
COVID-19 and the Movement Control Order (MCO) has led to a spike in domestic violence and disrupted normal response systems. In light of this, the Malaysia-based Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) highlight some key challenges faced by domestic violence survivors during the MCO, and urge the government to take six urgent actions to address them.
In Malaysia, Talian Kasih observed a 57 per cent increase in calls. Although not all of these calls are related to domestic violence,
The African Union (AU) on Wednesday commended the WHO for its “good work” in dealing with the global health crisis, after Trump accused it and its director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of being too lenient on China, and threatened to suspend future funding. AU chairman Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement that the union, which represents 55 member states, “extends its unwavering support to the WHO and its director general”. The world’s focus should be on fighting Covid-1
In Uganda, at least seven women in labour have died on their way to hospitals amid the coronavirus lockdown. Officials banned private vehicles on March 30, fearing the pandemic would overwhelm medical facilities. Many women could only reach the hospital on foot.
TStaying at home may help to keep the coronavirus causing Covid-19 at bay, but the pandemic is taking its toll on victims of domestic violence in Hong Kong. After more than 30 years of marriage, Cheng had kept her secret to herself. She was too ashamed to tell anyone that her husband abused her sexually, and that being alone at home with him was hell. The pandemic made it worse when her husband, in his 60s, had his working hours slashed. He was home more, spent his time drink
This protocol is devised to guide funded and non-funded Shelters and One Stop Centres in the Eastern Cape in service delivery to victims of crime and violence during the lockdown period, from midnight on 26 March until 16 April 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 23 March 2020 that South Africa was declared a National State of Disaster on 15 March 2020 in response to COVID-19 as per Government Gazette No 43096. The Disaster Management Act No 57 of 2002 and the Amend