Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women - COVID-19 and the Increase of Domestic Violence against Women

3 July 2020

In response to the call for submissions by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, their causes and consequences, CREA and its partners submitted the following information on the increase of gender-based violence against women and domestic violence in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CREA is a global feminist human rights organization led by feminists in the global South. We work to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of people everywhere, and our work centers those who have historically been on the margins of mainstream feminist movements.

CREA, with input from 17 of organizations and experts, highlight intersecting forms of violence faced by women with disabilities (WWD), lesbian women, bisexual women, transgender and queer persons (LBTQ), gender non-confirming persons (GNC), and sex workers. These are the communities who are rarely visible in data on violence against women.

This submission highlights the increase in violence against women and gender-based violence across South Asia and East Africa, with specific case studies from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Kenya. It also seeks to emphasize gender-based violence as the pervasive and systemic human rights violation that the Special Rapporteur understands it to be.

You can download and read the complete submission here.