This year as we commemorate the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, Economic Justice for Women Project (EJWP) is calling on Everyone to Take a stand and Take Action to end Gender Based Violence especially now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 United Nations theme is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”
As we all retreated into our homes, following the lockdown measures introduced worldwide to curb the COVID -19 pandemic, reports showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women. Restricted movements exacerbated intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence. Transport challenges and movement regulations made it difficult for women and girls to escape violence and accessing support as well as various services necessary for survivors of violence. Emotional violence saw the sharpest rise during lockdown, possibly due to heightened household tensions resulting from confined living conditions and increased financial stress. Economic hardships have been highly pronounced with the COVID-19 pandemic leaving girls vulnerable to child marriages initiated by their families as a livelihood strategy.
Economic Justice for Women is excited to announce that we are kicking off this year’s 16 days of Activism with the hashtag #We Stand with Women, We Stand for Women. It is the 1st hashtag in a line of others which we will be posting daily on our social media platforms everyday during the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based Violence. We call on everyone to join the movement and support women, girls and survivors of gender-based violence in Zimbabwe and worldwide. Also check out our social media handles listed below to see what the hashtag of the day will be and to also join the conversation.
#Orange the World
#We Stand with Women, We Stand for Women
Source: Economic Justice for Women Project (EJWP)