November 25, 2019 marked the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”. On this occasion, the German NGO network “Internationale Advocacy Netzwerke” (IAN) – of which the AMP is a member organization – highlighted in its 2019 report (in German) the different levels of violence against women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in 2020, violence against women and girls has been on the rise. UN Women therefore speaks of a shadow pandemic. Firmly anchored patriarchal legal and socio-cultural structures, which already promoted violence against women and girls before, have been reinforced by the pandemic. Impeded access to basic social and medical services and justice, a greater threat of poverty and general insecurity in the context of the pandemic act as catalysts.
Violence against women and girls is a global problem. Gender discrimination often intersects with other forms of discrimination, especially in relation to ethnicity, class, caste, and sexuality.