GNWS COVID-19 Webinar Series
- Vera Vieira – Associação Mulheres pela Paz (Brazil)
- Ranhee Song – Korea Women’s Hotline (South Korea)
- Cindy Southworth – National Network to End Domestic Violence (United States)
- Maria Yusuf – Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (Ethiopia)
- Ashley Slye – USA
- Patricia Vargas – Canada
Vera shared a pharmacy initiative that involves over 10,000 participating pharmacies across the country. The concept is simple yet effective: when a woman goes to a pharmacy and writes x on her hand, employees are trained to call the police and bring the woman to safety.
Ranhee talked about the pandemic situation with a focus on domestic violence. In South Korea, since only 2.3% of cases of domestic violence are reported to police, it is hard to judge whether cases increased or decreased; nevertheless, Ranhee believes that there has been an increase in cases as the ratio of domestic violence counseling rose from 26% in January to 40% in March.
Handling and bringing justice to domestic violence cases also face the challenge of deep-set attitudes and judicial barriers in South Korea. Emotional abuse is not recognized as “abuse” within Korea’s judicial system, and yet the rate of emotional abuse is four times higher than that of physical abuse. Rather punishing the abusers, physical abuse cases are usually dealt with through counseling. Even if incidents of domestic violence are reported, most of them are disposed of or filed as “household protection case”. Ranhee concludes that, during a global pandemic, Korea may be relatively safe from COVID-19, but not from domestic violence.
Cindy shared the Women’s Helpline Project, which aims to create a worldwide women’s safety net. The initiative will involve a global database that would help women find resources for domestic violence that could be filtered by country or by topic (e.g. for LGBT women, migrant women, etc.). Taiwan is on the list of countries that have shared data with the helpline database. Furthermore, Facebook is partnering with UN women to start a list of domestic violence helplines: facebook.com/safety/domestic violence resources
12 shelters across the country, servicing 110 million people, have closed due to COVID-19. The association has opened a quarantine shelter where women can stay for 14 days – if they are negative they could be transferred to other shelters. This quarantine shelter is always full and domestic violence cases have increased. An emergency court room has been opened that can process domestic violence cases Media attention on the shelters has also led people to raise funds to support.
Previous Webinar Recordings
20 May 2020: https://bit.ly/GNWS_8
6 May 2020: https://youtu.be/k2h0XGANrHM
29 April 2020: https://bit.ly/GNWS_6
22 April 2020: https://bit.ly/serving_survivors
15 April 2020: https://bit.ly/GNWS_4
8 April 2020: https://bit.ly/GNWSTech
1 April 2020: https://bit.ly/316uCpk
25 March 2020: https://bit.ly/30YhOBb
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Heading Off the Risk of Exploitation
After natural disasters we know the risk of exploitation rises. What we don’t know is how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the risk of exploitation. Questions that will be addressed in this webinar include: Is there evidence that the pandemic has increased human trafficking? What has been the experience in different parts of the world? How can we be more vigilant to stop exploitation of victims? And what lessons can be shared to prevent vulnerable people falling into the hands of organized crime? This webinar will discuss preparing for the aftermath of the pandemic, ideas for reducing exploitation of vulnerable/targeted populations, and ways NGOs can support exploited individuals.
1 July 2020
10:00 AM Washington, DC | 3:00 PM London, UK | 5:00 PM Istanbul, TU | 7:30 PM Mumbai, IN | 10:00 PM Hong Kong | 12:00 AM Sydney, AU
- Registration Link: https://nnedv.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cz7vrUc7Qc2w-FcC-YTGQA
15 July 2020
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