UNDRR calls on governments to include the risk of domestic violence in their DRR plan

NEW Delhi: The United Nations Office for Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has called for the inclusion of violence risk in the Covid-19 response plan of all the national disaster management authorities to combat rising cases of violence against woman and kids.

“Measures to combat domestic violence need to be given attention and addressed by national disaster management agencies,” said , the UN secretary-general’s special representative for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and head of the UNDRR.

Mizutori said that woman and girls are more affected by disasters generally because of the gender inequality evident in society at large. “They die and are injured in greater numbers particularly in extreme weather events. This unfortunate reality has taken a new twist in the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

The blockade and restrictions imposed by governments on their movement have put them in danger, trapped in abusive domestic situations.

I call on all national disaster management agencies to pay attention to this urgent problem within their governments so that support for victims of domestic abuse is included in their COVID-19 response plans. This will save lives and prevent serious injury to many, said Mizutori.

She also asked governments for adequate allocation of funds and shelter for “ woman and girls escaping domestic abuse”. It also means increasing the level of online support services including helplines to police and social services, the UNDRR chief said.

“Facilities such as supermarkets and pharmacies that remain open, should be on alert to receive pleas for help from woman seeking support without worry that their abusers will be alerted. We need to find safe and creative ways for woman to seek support,” Mizutori said.