UN chief urges governments to protect women during virus blockade

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Secretary is urging governments around world to include protection from woman in his to the deadly novel pandemic.

"Violence is not confined to the battlefield," said Guterres in a statement and a video released in multiple languages, reminiscent of his call for a ceasefire in conflicts world wide to face the COVID-19 pandemic.

"For many woman and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their own homes," Guterres said.

In recent weeks, as economic and social pressures and fear increased, we have seen a horrifying global increase in domestic violence.

"I urge all governments to make the prevention and redress of violence against woman a key part of their national response plans for COVID-19," he said.

Guterres called for setting up emergency warning systems in pharmacies and groceries, and for safe ways "for woman to seek support, without alerting their abusers.

"Together, we can and must prevent violence everywhere, from war zones to people's homes, as we work to beat COVID-19," he said, as he called "for peace at home - and in homes - around the world ."