WE ARE ONE: Participants during the virtual summit
As the COVID 19 pandemic continues to spread uncertainty and anxiety, bringing many changes to human life, numerous reports have poured in on the escalating cases of gender-based violence in regions most affected by the global outbreak.
Southern Africa is no exception. As the pandemic rages on, alarming numbers of violence against women and children continue to climb.
In 2019, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that 25% of women in Malawi have experienced physical or sexual spousal violence and 35%-45% levels were even higher in Zimbabwe.