COCAP's "COVID-19 Biweekly" covers the incidents related to COVID-19 and gender-based violence (GBV) from September 1 - 15, 2020.
From, September 1 - 15, 2020, COCAP's Nepal Peace Monitoring Project (PMP) recorded 22 incidents related to COVID-19. The incidents recorded mainly involved incidents of people defying the lockdown, issues related to the health services and cases of black marketing. Of the total COVID-19 related incidents eight were violent and 48 were non-violent incidents of protest.
From September 1 - 15, the PMP recorded 56 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in which 31 victims of rape were women and girls below the age of 26. In Nepal, Gender-based violence (GBV) was a big challenge even before the pandemic. The lockdown imposed across the nation has further increased intimate partner violence, domestic violence and GBV among women and girls who were already vulnerable to abuse are trapped with their abusers now. 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 September 15, the total number of positive cases reached 55,329 with 360 deaths.