Shadow Pandemic

UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today launched the Shadow Pandemic public awareness campaign, focusing on the global increase in domestic violence amid the COVID-19 health crisis. The Shadow Pandemic public service announcement is a sixty-second film narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Kate Winslet, who has championed many humanitarian causes. The video highlights the alarming upsurge in domestic violence during COVID-19 and delivers a vital message urging people to act to support women if they know or suspect someone is experiencing violence.

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If you have experienced abuse, feel threatened, unsafe or need assistance, please see the list of country help lines below. If there is no help line for the country that you are in, please see the list of agencies.

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UN Women has been closely following the political and economic response to COVID-19 and how it is impacting women and girls. We are working with partners to deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension...

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The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere.

But it affects different groups of people differently, deepening existing inequalities...

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