Waterloo, ON, November 25, 2020 – MEDA joins with its international counterparts for the UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence Against Women campaign on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This campaign amplifies the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls.
Violence against women represents a “shadow pandemic” that has existed long before the presence of COVID-19 and is increasing in tandem with this health crisis. According to the UN, in some countries, calls to domestic violence helplines have increased five-fold because of the pandemic. We have seen an increase in intimate partner violence in our own projects, including from a recent survey conducted in Nigeria, where 1 in 4 women reported experiencing an increase in gender-based violence resulting from economic stress. Similarly, in a survey conducted in Jordan, 31% of women respondents noted an increase in arguments related to men’s responsibilities and financial pressures. Both early marriage and divorce rates are on the rise in Ethiopia, the latter attributed partly to instances of economic abuse.
We stand with our partners and clients to create lasting and sustainable change by providing them with inclusive economic opportunities and to promote gender equality in our programs. President and Chief Executive Officer of MEDA, Dorothy Nyambi, reaffirms MEDA’s role in promoting gender equality and continue the fight against gender-based violence.
“Creating economic opportunities that are gender inclusive for women, men, girls and boys that promotes human rights are core aspects of MEDA’s mission. We enthusiastically support this year’s theme FUND, RESPOND, PREVENT, COLLECT and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GVB) campaign that starts today,” President and CEO Nyambi says.
For more information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women in MEDA’s projects and how we’re working to eradicate violence against women and achieve a more equal world through our programs, please click on the links below:
- The shadow pandemic: MEDA’s response to the rise of gender-based violence in our programming
- MEDA remains committed to fostering a gender equitable world
- Impacts of COVID-19 on women and youth at MEDA: Learning from our projects
- Gender equality and social inclusion in a COVID-19 world
- COVID-19: Moving from response to resilience
- The truth about the global gender wage gap
- Changing constraining gender norms in northern Nigeria
- Measuring impact: How MEDA measures progress on gender equality within households
For media inquiries, please contact:
Technical Director, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)