Through his official Twitter account, the highest representative of the United Nations said now is the time to redouble our efforts to eliminate this widespread human rights problem by 2030.
New data shows that in 13 countries around the world, two out of three women reported that they or an acquaintance experienced some form of violence during the Covid-19 pandemic, the headline noted.
But the aggression against them is not inevitable, it can and must be prevented, Guterres stressed on Twitter and shared a video message on the occasion of commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women this Thursday.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, they faced an increase in gender-based violence, often in their own homes, according to a recent UN Women report.
According to United Nations data, the effects of the pandemic have had a negative impact on gender equality objectives and with special force on the female population living in conflict-affected areas.
In addition, the multilateral organization indicates, they continue to be underrepresented in decision-making about the response to the health crisis and were more affected by unemployment, poverty and gender violence during the confinements and other restrictions as a result of the pandemic.
Every November 25, commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 16 days of activism begin that will conclude on December 10, International Human Rights Day.