FP Virtual Dialogue: Fighting a Shadow Pandemic

December 4, 2020

Combating violence against women across the African continent

The disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women around the world has been widely documented. Among them is the rise in violence against women that has proliferated as a “shadow pandemic” during this crisis, a worrisome increase in domestic abuse, cyberbullying, rape and sexual harassment. This has been compounded by the loss of economic opportunity, which often pushes women into informal sectors where they are more exposed to such threats.

South Africa has been at the forefront of this problem as one of the countries with the highest femicide rates anywhere in the world. The nation has been grappling with deep-rooted issues of oppression, abuse, and violence against women, stemming from its apartheid era and patriarchal culture and now exacerbated by the pandemic. 

Looking at South Africa’s case, this FP Virtual Dialogue -in partnership with Brand South Africa- brought together women trailblazers who have campaigned to raise awareness about this shadow pandemic and advocated for more gender-equal measures across policy, law enforcement, and civil society to help eradicate gender-based violence. 

Watch as we shed light on this urgent issue and add your voice to the conversation using #AfricasShadowPandemic

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