COCAP’s “COVID-19 Biweekly” covers the incidents related to COVID-19 and gender based violence (GBV) from August 1 - 15, 2020.
From August 1-15, 2020, COCAP’s Nepal Peace Monitoring Project (PMP) recorded 51 incidents related to COVID-19. Lockdown was imposed in about 31 districts across the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Majority of incidents recorded include protests demanding efficient action from the government’s side to address the ongoing nationwide crisis and the mismanagement of quarantine centers. Of the total COVID-19 related incidents eight were violent and 43 were non violent incidents of protest.
From August 1-15, 47 cases of gender based violence (GBV) were recorded in which 26 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 August 15, the total number of positive cases reached 26,019 with 102 deaths.