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Addressing Gender-Based Violence at the Local Level
Gender-based violence (GBV) has surged since the COVID-19 pandemic began. When stay-at-home orders were enforced earlier this year, it was to better protect ourselves and our families from contracting and spreading COVID-19. But these mandates also trapped millions of girls and women at home with their abusers, resulting in an alarming surge of GBV, including here in the U.S.

In this program, United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) Sarah Craven will provide opening remarks on the state of GBV worldwide and how the agency is continuing to provide critical support for girls and women during the pandemic. Participants will then break out into smaller groups, led by facilitators from national organizations that work on GBV issues, to discuss how they can take action to fight GBV in their communities. Participants will also have the opportunity send a message to their elected officials, asking them to support and restore critical U.S. funding to UNFPA.

*Sponsored by UNA Women, this program will recognize 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from November 25 - December 10.

***Earlier this fall, UNA-USA Executive Director Rachel Bowen Pittman moderated a panel discussion with UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, Representative Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania's 6th District and UNFPA's Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem to call attention to the surge of gender-based violence. Watch the discussion:

Dec 2, 2020 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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