Women, Children Face Violence, Poverty, Exploitation, Other Challenges Amid COVID-19

The Guardian: Most countries failing women and girls with Covid response, U.N. finds
“Most countries are failing to adequately protect women and girls during the fallout from Covid-19, according to a new U.N. database that tracks government responses to the pandemic. The global gender tracker has looked at how 206 countries and territories address violence against women and girls, support unpaid care workers, and strengthen women’s economic security. Forty-two countries had no policies to support women in any of these areas. Only 25 had introduced some measures in all three categories…” (Ford, 9/29).

The Telegraph: Children for sale: How the pandemic is forcing poverty-stricken parents to make desperate choices
“…According to a number of studies, when poverty increases and more families are pushed into a daily struggle for survival, children are more at risk of exploitation, child marriage, child labor, and trafficking. The situation during Covid-19 is even more acute because of school closures, meaning children are home, and shutdowns, reducing child protection services…” (Rigby, 9/28).

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