07.04.2020 Covid-19: Women Trapped Between a Deadly Virus and a Deadly Partner.
Trapped at home with an abusive partner or father, women and children are in greater danger, during the coronavirus lockdown period, as they can no longer access support services, according to women's rights groups. The lack of privacy and the restrictions on movement make it even harder for them to reach out. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, called on governments around the world “to put women’s safety first as they respond to the pandemic”. “For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest: in their own homes,” Guterres declared on Sunday. An adequate response to the rise in domestic abuse is more complicated these days because all resources are concentrated on containing the pandemic. As medical facilities around the world scramble to respond to the coronavirus, health systems are becoming overloaded, making it more difficult for victims to get access to medical care or therapists. For many women, even the fear of contracting the coronavirus is stopping them from seeking out medical care after experiencing physical abuse. Many victims also feel that they can no longer seek refuge at their parents’ home, for fear that they could expose their elderly parents to the virus. For some, travel restrictions may limit their ability to stay with loved ones. Women’s shelters may also be overcrowded during this time or may close their doors if the risk of infection is deemed too high. The coronavirus crisis, which is expected to push the world economy into a recession, may also ultimately make it more difficult for victims to leave abusive relationships. Ray-Jones says leaving an abusive partner often involves secretly saving money, which will be more difficult if victims begin to lose their jobs. Many social services for victims of domestic violence will also suffer budget cuts under a recession. Credit: UN Women
Poverty deprives people of adequate education, health care and of life's most basic necessities- safe living conditions (including clean air and clean drinking water) and an adequate food supply. The developed (industrialized) countries today account for roughly 20 percent of the world's population but control about 80 percent of the world's wealth.
Poverty and pollution seem to operate in a vicious cycle that, so far, has been hard to break. Even in the developed nations, the gap between the rich and the poor is evident in their respective social and environmental conditions.