COVID-19로 인한 전 세계적인 고통이 이루 말할 수 없습니다. 많은 나라들이 이동제한령을 내리면서 여성에 대한 가정폭력도 심각한 수준으로 늘어나고 있습니다. 안토니오 구테레스(António Guterres) 유엔사무총장은 최근의 COVID-19 팬데믹을 극복하기 위하여 모든 곳의 폭력을 끝낼 것을 호소하였습니다.
수많은 여성과 소녀들이 가장 안전해야 할 장소인 그들의 집에서 가장 큰 위협에 노출되어 있다고 말하며 각 국가의 COVID-19 대응책에 여성폭력 예방을 넣을 것을 촉구하기도 했습니다. 다음은 안토니오 구테레스(António Guterres) 사무총장의 발언 전문입니다.
Statement on Gender-Based Violence and COVID19
New York, 5 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and economic devastation around the world.
I recently called for an immediate global ceasefire to focus on our shared struggle to overcome the pandemic.
I appealed for an end to violence everywhere, now.
But violence is not confined to the battlefield.
For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest.
In their own homes.
And so I make a new appeal today for peace at home — and in homes — around the world.
We know lockdowns and quarantines are essential to suppressing COVID-19. But they can trap women with abusive partners.
Over the past weeks as economic and social pressures and fear have grown, we have seen a horrifying global surge in domestic violence.
In some countries, the number of women calling support services has doubled.
Meanwhile, healthcare providers and police are overwhelmed and understaffed.
Local support groups are paralyzed or short of funds. Some domestic violence shelters are closed; others are full.
I urge all governments to make the prevention and redress of violence against women a key part of their national response plans for COVID-19.
That means increasing investment in online services and civil society organizations.
Making sure judicial systems continue to prosecute abusers.
Setting up emergency warning systems in pharmacies and groceries.
Declaring shelters as essential services.
And creating safe ways for women to seek support, without alerting their abusers.
Women’s rights and freedoms are essential to strong, resilient societies.
Together, we can and must prevent violence everywhere, from war zones to people’s homes, as we work to beat COVID-19.