Domestic violence increases as the pandemic escalates

According to World Health Organization, “Levels of domestic violence increase globally as [the] COVID-19 pandemic escalates.”

A National Demographic Health Survey record showed that one in four women has experienced abuse by their partner. Data from the Philippine National Police Women & Children Protection Center said that at least one woman or child is abused every 10 minutes in the country.

Ana Maria Locsin, Country Director for Plan International Philippines, an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls, shared, “Our 2020 State of the World’s Girls Report reveals that more than half of girls and young women across the world have experienced online harassment. With COVID-19 changing our lives permanently and driving digital and technology uptake, girls and young women have become more at risk online and their rights are being further threatened.”

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