Gender-Based Violence: The Shadow Pandemic

A Webinar on the Intersectional Impact of Gender-Based Violence in the Time of COVID-19

As part of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence, the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UPCWGS) invites you to Gender-Based Violence: The Shadow Pandemic, a webinar on the intersectional manifestations and impacts of gender-based violence. Join us on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2020 (Thursday), 2:00-4:00 PM via Zoom.

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As we near nine months of lockdown, it has been made clear that social and gender inequalities that existed before have only been exacerbated. Gender-based violence (GBV), which is rooted in gender inequality and power imbalances caused by socialized gender norms and practices, is a pervasive human rights violation that manifests in many different forms and can be inflicted as physical, sexual, mental, or economic harm. Due to it being ingrained in social norms, it is often unquestioned and therefore difficult to prevent and end. This webinar aims to highlight how GBV manifests in different ways such as domestic violence; online sexual harassment; the lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services; trafficking; early, forced, or child marriage; and state-sponsored violence, among others. It also seeks to feature the work of advocates and organizations who work tirelessly to end this social ill. In emphasizing how this is an insidious social problem, it is hoped that the webinar serves as a platform to advance the call to action to end violence against women and GBV.