International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. As COVID-19 cases continue to strain health services, essential services, such as domestic violence shelters and helplines, have reached capacity. More needs to be done to prioritize addressing violence against women in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women, especially domestic violence, intensified – in some countries, calls to helplines have increased five-fold.
We join the United Nations in bringing attention to the “Shadow Pandemic” that is affecting our community and communities around the world. WCSC encourages you to join us in urging our local and federal governments to devote more attention and resources to protecting and supporting women and girls.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against is also the start of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The campaign theme color is orange. This year’s global theme is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!” Visit UNWomen.org for more information on the campaign.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence on St. Croix, please dial 911 from an landline or 340.772.9111 from a mobile phone in an emergency. Call the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s 24-hour hotline, 340.773.9272, for crisis intervention with a caring volunteer advocate or staff member.
Visit our secure donation page to support the advocacy, programs and services provided to victims and survivors of violence and families in need by the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix. Thank you for caring.