COCAP's "COVID-19 Biweekly" covers the incidents related to COVID-19 and gender-based violence (GBV) from August 16 - 31, 2020.
From August 16 - 31, 2020, COCAP's Nepal Peace Monitoring Project (PMP) recorded 56 incidents related to COVID-19. The incidents recorded mainly involved prohibitory orders in various parts of Nepal to contain the spread of COVID-19, protest against the government and assaults of health workers. Of the total COVID-19 related incidents eight were violent and 48 were non-violent incidents of protest.
From August 16 - 31, the PMP recorded 60 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in which 36 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 aims 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 31, the total number of positive cases reached 38561 with 221 deaths.