Lockdown: Proven as a Lockup for Woman

Lockdown: Proven as a Lockup for Woman

COVID-19 consequences are not gender-neutral. Women and girls face much elevated rates of harassment and violence. They are more susceptible to economic deprivation, more domestic work and have less approach to critical health care.

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Experiences from recent global crises, such as the epidemic of Ebola and Zika, as well as from prior disasters in the Pacific, have proven the crucial significance of integrating a gender perspective in preparation, intervention, and restoration to ensure successful government action, humanitarian reaction and, to foster gender equality.

A successful outcome for all needs to realize how COVID-19 impacts women and men differently and to consider women as leaders and decision-makers.

Home is not always the safest place

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The graph reveals that there is already a huge spike in domestic violence and the "right to live with dignity" allegations, and a smaller spike in rape/attempt to rape and sexual harassment. As this number includes two weeks of full lockdown (therefore no movement outside the home), and decreased freedom in March due to fear of virus. These assaults and attacks, therefore, include those caused by family members.

Unfortunately, India is not the only exception to the global pattern of escalated domestic violence caused by the disease outbreak..

  • For women and girls at the threshold of domestic and sexual abuse, their anxiety is justified; it is deadly to be stuck at home.
  • The trigger of violence against women is not COVID-19, but it can complicate an already violent situation. Many had to use aggression to do so because they feel they're entitled in a relation to power and authority.
  • An effective trick used for conserving this primacy is social isolation. Some strategies may include denying medical treatment, regulating internet access, and not letting friends and family connect to them.
  • Abusers also cultivate deep-seated convictions that in a family, their will should rule above all others. Since women and children spend more time close to the abuser, they will increase their everyday demands to do it in their way. And also, the threats of abuse in lockdown scenarios are further heightened for women and girls with disabilities.
  • Women’s domestic labor is soaring high

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  • The soaring burden of unpaid labor is one of the aspects that the pandemic has impacted women differently than men. The strain of unpaid work falls overwhelmingly on women due to the sexual division of labor and gender stereotypes and social expectations of practicing domestic and care work in a household.
  • Such functions are time-consuming and physically stressful, shackling women to hardship over time, causing them little or no time to participate in creative pursuits such as schooling, jobs, or entertainment.
  • The pandemic has served to intensify the gender-specific existence of unpaid jobs at home that already exists. The need to carry out unpaid tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing, child care among others by household members has accelerated with the shutdown of offices and educational institutions and the concurrently rising norm of work from home and online education, along with the lack of facilities for domestic employees
  • Women are at the forefront of upholding the safety and wellness of their families

  • Girls and women are at the forefront in hospitals and homes. Nature and the environment are turning into global gains. If there's one thing we've realized about this pandemic, it's that the world is united in this, and only if we behave as one can we conquer it.
  • Women are integral to the outburst response as community mobilizers, caregivers for sick relatives, service providers, administrators of households, and proactive health workers. Yet they often stay excluded from senior health leadership and community decision-making.
  • Working together, authorities, sponsors, society, and others must react to the gender-based implications of the pandemic, beginning with expanded funding for programs related to family abuse, open communications on public health, equitable access to food relief, and initiatives on livelihoods in areas where women work.
  • A solution that does not take into account the effects of COVID-19 on women and girls will not only struggle to reach half of the population's needs and desires but will also be less successful for societies as a whole.

  • The Concluding Thoughts

    Many individuals with Covid-19 would need to be treated at home as health services become squeezed. These would add to the stress of women and place them at higher risk of becoming contagious. We need to equip women with what they need. Let's allow them to remain secure and supported. It's a prudent action to do, but it's also the wise thing to do to keep saving and improving lives.

    If we are concerned about the eradication of this virus, we must encourage and safeguard the interest and rights of women, for their well-being and so that they can keep promoting and maintaining the interests of others.

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