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Guterres calls for measures to stop domestic violence against women amidst Covid-19

Source : 112 Ukraine

WHO studies reveal that violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined
12:40, 6 April 2020

UN Secretary-General António Guterres
www.un.org.ua

Domestic violence against women is a tough subject that needs to be addressed in conditions of the spreading pandemic of coronavirus. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres left a post on his Twitter account, commenting on the topic.

"Peace is not just the absence of war. Many women under lockdown for COVID-19 face violence where they should be safest: in their own homes. Today I appeal for peace in homes around the world. I urge all governments to put women’s safety first as they respond to the pandemic", he wrote.

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UN official website quoted a research by the World Health Organization (WHO), which showed "disturbing impacts of violence on women’s physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health: women who experience physical or sexual abuse are twice as likely to have an abortion, and the experience nearly doubles their likelihood of falling into depression. In some regions, they are 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV, and evidence exists that sexually assaulted women are 2.3 times more likely to have alcohol disorders. 87,000 women were intentionally killed in 2017, and more than half were killed by intimate partners of family members". 

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