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I am … #With Her

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. It occurs in every country and in every context.
Humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters and global pandemics put women and girls at increased risk of violence. The current COVID-19 crisis is no exception.
2.6 billion people are currently confined to their homes to slow the spread of #Covid19. But being at home doesn't always mean being safe. 
As the pandemic deepens, there is an exponential increase in gender-based violence. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ has made a global appeal for peace everywhere — In war zones and in homes.
UNESCO is working with other UN agencies through the Global Spotlight Initiative and its #WithHer campaign to scale up activities to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and deliver a gender-response effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Spotlight Initiative

The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between European Union and United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030, targeting 50 million direct beneficiaries across five regions and more than 25 countries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spotlight Initiative and its partners have been working to deliver a gender-responsive answer to this crisis.

UNESCO is one of the UN agencies participating in the Spotlight Initiative with country level activities in Guatemala, Nigeria, Samoa and Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit the Spotlight Initiative.

 

Join the #WithHer campaign

#WithHer is the Spotlight Initiative’s global flagship digital engagement campaign on ending violence against women and girls.

Designed as a platform to boost existing efforts to end violence against women and girls, #WithHer highlights the work of activists and partners who are positively impacting the lives of communities around the world.

The campaign also raises awareness about gender-based violence and global efforts to address the issue by engaging new audiences to show their support on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #WithHer.