COCAP’s “COVID-19 Biweekly” covers the incidents related to gender based violence (GBV) and COVID-19 from June 16 - 30, 2020.
From June 16 - 30, 2020, COCAP’s Nepal Peace Monitoring Project (PMP) recorded 17 incidents related to COVID-19. Majority of incidents were of protests against the government with citizens taking to the streets demanding better and efficient action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with increased polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, need of proper management of quarantine centers and better protection of healthcare workers. Of the total COVID-19 related incidents two were violent and 16 were non violent incidents of protest.
From June 16 - 30, 45 cases of gender based violence (GBV) were recorded in which 25 victims of sexual assault were below the age of 26. GBV itself is a crisis in our communities but the pandemic has made victims furthermore vulnerable to abuse. It is important to note that both males and females face GBV but according to our data the majority of victims are women and girls.
This bi-weekly report is aimed to inform our readers on the added crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected everyone's livelihood and made some group of people even more vulnerable. Until June 30, the total number of positive cases reached 13,564 with 29 deaths.