Alarming numbers prove that the COVID-19 pandemic has harmed women and girls worldwide
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the well-being of women in multiple ways, including contraception, family planning and gender-based violence. The consequences include millions of unintended pregnancies1, 500,000 more girls being forced into marriage2, and 31 million additional cases of gender-based violence in the first six months of lockdown alone3.
These topics have therefore become more urgent as life circumstances have changed drastically throughout the last year. In fact, the progress made in the past decades on these matters is strongly at risk of being rolled back. The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities and exposing vulnerabilities in social, political, and economic systems, which have a negative effect on women especially, as investigated circumstances show.