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Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that lockdowns all around the world have placed women and girls at greater risk of sexual violence and exploitation, trafficking, child marriage, forced labour, and social exclusion. But our true understanding of how COVID-19 has affected gender-based violence remains obscured because of data gaps. Data collection on these issues is complex and rife with sensitivities, and governments have historically not made sufficient investment in the data we need to understand the true extent and impact of violence on women and girls. This is slowly changing, but concerted effort and investment are still needed to be able to analyse and act on the multiple and intersecting forms of gender-based discrimination.


Throughout November, advocates for feminist change will be mobilizing around the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which kicks off on 25 November and runs until 10 December (culminating in Human Rights Day). Join our campaign and call on your governments to take action against all violence against women and girls. 


To stay on track to realize the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 for every woman and every girl, we need to act now and act fast.


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Alison Holder


Equal Measures 2030

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We are excited to announce our partnership with The Asociación Generando Equidad, Liderazgo y Oportunidades (ASOGEN) in Guatemala. ASOGEN is an association of women recognised for generating and facilitating spaces for citizen participation, leadership, political analysis, and gender equity. One of ASOGEN's main lines of work is the prevention of and attention to violence against women, from a human rights and feminist perspective. Learn more about our new partner and the work they are currently doing in Guatemala to transform the lives of girls and women.


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We recently spoke to Misiyah, Director of Institut KAPAL Perempuan, our partner in Indonesia, who are at the forefront of the movement to outlaw child marriage.

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Globally, 58% of men have access to internet, compared to 48% of women. 

Read our blog on why internet connectivity matters for gender equality.


Watch this space


The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence kicks off on 25th November and runs until 10th December.


Watch out for EM2030’s campaign and lend your voice to ensure that all governments are taking action to tackle violence against women and girls.