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UN perceives violence against women as a public health emergency

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, warned that violence against women and girls is an abhorrent crime and also a public health emergency.

This was announced through his official account on Twitter, the highest representative of the United Nations said that now is the time to redouble efforts for all together to eliminate this widespread human rights problem by 2030, Prensa Latina said today.

New data shows that in 13 countries around the world, two out of three women reported that they or an acquaintance experienced some form of violence during the Covid-19 pandemic, the headline noted.

But the aggression against them is not inevitable, it can and must be prevented, Guterres stressed on Twitter and shared a video message on the occasion of commemorating this Thursday the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, they faced an increase in gender-based violence, often in their own homes, according to a recent UN Women report.

According to data from the United Nations, the effects of the pandemic have had a negative impact on the objectives of gender equality and with special force on the female population living in areas affected by conflicts.

In addition, the multilateral organization indicates, they continue to be underrepresented in decision-making on the response to the health crisis and were more affected by unemployment, poverty and gender violence during the confinements and other restrictions as a result of the pandemic.

Every November 25, commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 16 days of activism begin that will conclude on December 10, International Human Rights Day.