Session 9 | Crisis and Gender Based Violence
Session Nine | 13:30-15:30 (AST)
Lockdowns and stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to an increase in reported cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and intimate partner violence in several CARICOM Member States. Quarantine, isolation, restricted movement, financial anxiety, the psychological impact of unemployment and other stresses brought about by COVID-19 can serve to aggravate and catalyse SGBV, specifically against women and girls. In this webinar we will discuss the issue of SGBV with government officials, academic experts, practitioners and civil society representatives. Experts will answer the following:
- What do we know about sexual and gender-based violence in a crisis and pandemic setting?
- How has the COVID-19 Pandemic affected the exposure of females to violence?
- How existing response programs may be adapted to protect victims amid restrictions during the pandemic?
- What are possible solutions and policies to protect victims and prevent and/or reduce violence in the long-term.
- What are the resources available for the abuser to end the abuse?
- What are the lessons learnt and what needs to be put in place for the future?
Particular attention will be placed on inclusiveness and the need to implement a gender-sensitive approach in the responses to the pandemic and in the recovery phase.