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When Covid19 Treats Women Differently

Secretary-General of the United Nations recently stated that “Violence is not just on the battlefield. For many women and girls, it is in the places where they should be the safest – their homes.”

While it was estimated by the international community that one in three women experienced physical and sexual violence in their lifetime, and two in three women became victims of intimate partner violence (UN Women), the global pandemic Covid19 has elevated this situation for women, who endure the burden of added household chores, and sustain extreme kinds of violence behind closed doors.

Do only the non-elite face sexual harassment?

When Sri Lanka produced the first female Prime Minister in the world, the country advanced a step ahead in gender equality, and nondiscrimination of women. Yet this did not minimize the sufferings of women of the middle and lower class of the country. Discrimination, sexual violence, and domestic violence still exists among most women who lived in the rural and the outskirts of the cities. But it is not the same for the elite women of the cities.

Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

This year’s theme for the International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. The International Women’s Day (IWD) brings governments, business organizations, civil society organizations, and all communities together under one theme, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, raise awareness and to pressure for all actors to ensure equality among men and women and also call to action for accelerating gender equality.

Working Together is Success: Men and Women for Socioeconomic Development

No one can do everything at the same time in a successful way. We all know that communities are made of men and women, and children too. So if all of us can aim development, this can be a huge success because each of us will contribute depending on their capacity. If only one side is involved, the other that has been excluded will not be happy. We need all of us to be happy through supporting one another. So, being against abuse toward women makes sense since they are our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters and our friends and neighbors; one village should be one people united. One head is like a torn pocket, but two heads are better than one.”