The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women and girls during covid-19
As the COVID-19 lockdowns trapped women at home with their abusers, domestic violence rates increased throughout the world. In India, reports of domestic violence, child marriage, and trafficking of women and girls increased within the first few months of the pandemic.
Official data from the National Commission of Women data reveal that domestic violence in India has reached a 2.5 times increase between February and May 2020.
In India’s eastern state Odisha, women and girl children from tribal, Dalits, and other marginalized communities had to face various forms of violence Study reports state that many women were unable to report the violence, as they had less privacy and means to access help.
As a part of celebrating 16 days of the campaign, Atmashakti Trust is organizing an Instagram Live session to discuss “The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women and girls during covid-19” in Odisha content where Ms. Rukmini Panda, Programme Coordinator-Gender Justice, Oxfam India will share her views on the topic.