Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women around the world, including in Pakistan.
The United Nations says one in three women worldwide faces physical, sexual or mental violence in their lifetime, which is perpetrated on the basis of gender only.
According to the United Nations, women are being mentally tortured, physically abused, sexually abused or sexually harassed, behaving in a way that reflects gender discrimination, honor killings, underage or forced marriage, deprivation of inheritance, acid attack and deprivation of basic rights to education is a violation of not only women’s but also basic human rights.
If we talk about Pakistan, it can include a few more types, such as honor killings, acid attacks (which are common across the country) and deprivation of women’s basic right to education.
A report on violence against women last year named the home the most unsafe for women. According to the report, 50,000 women around the world were killed last year after being tortured in their own homes.
Husbands, brothers, parents, partners or family members were involved in violent and deadly acts against these women.
The Corona virus epidemic and lockdown have made the home more unsafe for women. During the last 8 months, when men started living in their homes due to lockdown due to corona virus, there was a dramatic increase in domestic violence.
According to the United Nations, women are trapped in homes with their violent husbands or partners and have no escape.
In the UK alone, the number of people seeking help on the hotline increased by 120%, compared to 20% in the United States.
Many countries have taken steps to address the rise in domestic violence during the Coronavirus epidemic, with pharmacies in Argentina declared a “safe haven” for women and directed to report domestic violence complaints there.
Thousands of rooms have been set aside in French hotels for women who are afraid to go home because of violent men. Spain also exempts women from domestic violence who are victims of domestic violence.
In Canada and Australia, a large portion of the Code 19 rehabilitation fund is for women victims of violence. The United Nations says we are suffering from the Coronavirus epidemic as well as another dark epidemic of domestic violence.