COCAP’s “COVID-19 Biweekly” covers the incidents related to gender based violence (GBV) and COVID-19 from July 16 - 31, 2020.
From July 16 - 31, 2020, COCAP’s Nepal Peace Monitoring Project (PMP) recorded 19 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, management of dead bodies of COVID-19 infected patients and businesses demanding economic support from the government. Of the total COVID-19 related incidents two were violent and 17 were non violent incidents of protest.
From July 16 - 31, 57 cases of gender based violence (GBV) were recorded in which 20 victims of rape were women and girls 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 July 31, the total number of positive cases reached 19771 with 56 deaths.