Beyond the Shadow Pandemic: Protecting a Generation of Girls from Gender-Based Violence through COVID-19 to Recovery.

Thursday 30 July 2020

COVID-19 is exposing and exacerbating the existing inequalities that put girls at increased risk of gender-based violence (GBV). Adolescent girls, particularly girls who are married, girls with disabilities and those living in humanitarian contexts face heightened risks, and often fall between services designed for adults and children. This policy brief includes program examples and makes concrete recommendations for UN actors, donors, national governments, humanitarian actors, and the media to ensure that risk factors for gender-based violence are prevented, mitigated against, and responded to as an urgent priority through COVID-19 to recovery. 


Translations are available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish


This brief is aimed at policy-makers and has been shared with missions based in New York and Geneva.

  • We ask member offices to share with key contacts at the capital level. 
  • We ask Regional Campaign Managers to share with country offices for further dissemination noting that the following countries have been identified as focus countries for this campaign: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


Please send any questions to the GBV pillar co-leads Nora O’Connell and Gabrielle Szabo