COVID-19: better protection for women and girls
Switzerland appeals together with 58 countries against violence against women and girls
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, some countries have seen an increase in the risk of domestic violence due to the lockdown and limited access to support services. Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has therefore signed a joint statement with 58 other countries calling to strengthen the protection of women and girls during the COVID-19 crisis.
The joint statement calls for international responses to protect women's health and physical safety, but also to ensure women's active participation at all levels of decision-making in relation to the pandemic. It calls on all stakeholders, including the private sector, to come together to provide emergency assistance to the most vulnerable countries and to give full effect to the global commitment to universal access to healthcare."
Joint statement PDF