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Using an innovative web-based data collection technology, the study surveyed some 11,500 male and female Internet users over the age of 18 in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen to explore the prevalence, impact, and consequences of online violence on women in the Arab States, and the barriers women and girls’ survivors face to access services and reporting. In addition, the project conducted qualitative research on the experiences of online violence through the lens of civil society organizations, women activists, and service providers and a mapping of existing laws and services related to online, and ICT facilitated violence against women.
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UN Women is at the forefront of the global drive to remove gender barriers because we believe in a world of justice and human rights for everyone. Towards that end, and as the only United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality, we marshal the world’s best gender expertise and the considerable resources of the United Nations. We connect people in many realms, the national and international, the public and private, activists and officials. Together, our efforts are more than any of us could pursue alone.
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Il est vrai que les soins dans le secteur public ont connu une amélioration en termes d’existence de structures sanitaires et de centres de santé de base répartis sur l’ensemble du territoire. Toutefois, les violences dans certaines de ces structures, dont le milieu obstétricale, sont fréquentes et laissent des cicatrices invisibles mais douloureuses.
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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data has shown that all types of violence against women and girls (VAWG), particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is also the case in the Arab States region. This brief reviews recent qualitative and quantitative data, the availability of support systems and identifies good and emerging practices to address VAWG in the Arab Region in light of COVID-19.
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This publication is produced by Musawah with support from UN Women within the framework of the ‘Men and Women for Gender Equality’ regional programme funded by Sweden.
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This policy brief highlights emerging trends of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and implications for the provision of essential services (health, police and justice, social services and the coordination of these services) for women and girls experiencing violence.
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Through a regional assessment, UN Women has reached out to civil society organizations (CSOs) to understand the impact of COVID-19 on their work, the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are creating. This brief aims to highlight the key findings of this assessment. The brief also provides qualitative and quantitative data on the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women, including within the most vulnerable groups, through the lens of women CSOs from the Arab States region.
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This brief suggests that domestic violence has increased in Palestine due to the conditions created by the COVID 19 pandemic, which in most cases resulted in a lockdown of survivors of violence with their abusers. With families in lockdown, helplines are seeing a surge of cases requesting a multitude of services.