Responding to the Shadow Pandemic: Taking stock of gender-based violence risks and responses during COVID-19


This learning brief, the first in a series, has been prepared for UNICEF country offices and practitioners as they respond to gender-based violence during the pandemic. Gender-based violence is a problem of human rights, public health and development, but it is also a problem that has had devastating effects for women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on evidence from current country experiences, the brief identifies emerging risks related to gender-based violence; highlights programme responses and adaptations; and outlines key points for programming, advocacy and systems change.