Watch our Virtual Event from May 11th at 5:00 PM GMT / 1:00 PM EDT.
Experts from Pakistan, Nigeria, Russia, and Afghanistan will discuss the intersecting pandemics: COVID-19 and Violence Against Women and Girls.
World leaders have long been aware of the profound impacts of violence against women and girls: It was a pandemic already affecting one in three women in her lifetime - more than a billion people - before the current COVID-19 crisis. This violence predictably increased as women and girls are forced to shelter in place with their abusers.
Hotlines are receiving a spike in calls for help, home invasions and sexual violence are on the rise in some countries, some hotlines are longer staffed as governments shift their focus to the Coronavirus.
From our homes, during this global lockdown, we join Mexican architect, artist, and activist Elina Chauvet. Her installations of red shoes call for justice and systems change in remembrance of murdered and missing women.
We photograph red shoes in solidarity with those who are surviving violence this minute, locked inside with their abusers throughout this global crisis. Join us on Zoom by clicking here at 1:00 PM EDT. Send your photos to RedShoes@everywoman.org. Join us in posting them on your social channels on June 4, 2020, during our Virtual March. Tag us, and share the hashtags #RedShoes and #EveryWoman.
by Akefa Raza