Addressing violence against women under COVID-19 in Brazil
Emerging evidence from COVID-19 impacts as well as lessons from past epidemics suggest that significant risks of VAW increase in these contexts, especially in countries with weak health systems, weak rule of law, and already high levels of VAW and gender inequality. Recent reports indicate that this is also the case in Brazil. Data from the first two months of confinement measures (March-April 2020) point to a 22 percent increase in femicide and a 27 percent increase in complaints to the national VAW helpline, when compared to the same period of 2019.
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