Covid and Gender-Based Violence

The video shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of women’s lives. Sexual and reproductive health, mental health and the right to a life without violence are some of the areas of women’s lives that have been significantly affected, restricting their rights and placing them in a situation of greater vulnerability. Looking at the pandemic from a gender perspective is necessary to ensure an efficient and inclusive response to COVID-19.

UNFPA has developed a set of technical guidelines on the impact of COVID-19 to gender equality and gender-based violence.

Covid-19 Technical Report: A gender approach. Protect sexual and reproductive health and rights and promote gender equality.

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Family Planning and Ending Gender-based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage.

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Gender Equality and Addressing Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Prevention, Protection and Response.

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UNFPA Peru against gender-based violence during COVID-19

In Peru, gender-based violence during COVID-19 has not stopped.

+235,000

calls requesting help through Line 100 of the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP).

114,495

cases of violence attended by the CEMs.
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85.5%

were against women.

7,881

cases of rape.

4,238

were against girls, boys and adolescents.

131

in 2020

5,521

cases of women reported missing
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1,686

adults.

3,835

minors.
During the pandemic, UNFPA Peru has provided technical and financial assistance to the Ministry for Women and Vulnerable Populations to support the design and implementation of two awareness raising campaigns to promote gender equality in self-isolation and to prevent and address the issue of violence during the pandemic.
Awareness campaigns "Converting emergency situations into opportunities for Equality" Directed to regional and local authorities to adopt measures for the prevention and care of GBV.
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Awareness campaign "Let's live isolation with Equality". Its objective was to promote the active participation of men in domestic chores, tasks of caring for children and older adults, as well as preventing GBV.
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UNFPA Peru is also working on strengthening the regulatory framework to ensure quality services, through:

Preparation in alliance with the MIMP of technical guidelines for Regional Governments and Regional Health Directorates to adopt measures to prevent and address gender violence and promote the sexual and reproductive rights of women.

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Technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MINSA) for the preparation and approval of the “Technical Guide for the care of mental health of the affected population, families and community in the context of COVID-19”, which includes a specific section for the women’s mental health care in GBV contexts.

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In addition, UNFPA Peru is providing technical assistance to the MIMP to strengthen their virtual training platform for public officials in Gender-Based Violence Case Management. Thus, the virtual course “Essential Packages for the care of women and girls Subject to violence” was incorporated into the virtual platform of the Ministry’s National Observatory on Violence.

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Virtual Course on Essential Services for Women and Girls suffering from gender-based violence

Finally, in the area of capacity building, UNFPA Peru has cooperated with the Ministry of Health in developing a toolbox (booklet, instructive video and info graphs) for health care personnel to improve their knowledge on the necessary interventions to ensure the mental, sexual and reproductive health of survivors of gender-based violence.