By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is stepping up its efforts to protect women and children against all forms of abuse amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as it will be holding a web seminar (webinar) regarding it this Wednesday.
The webinar on Gender-Based Violence and Child Protection in COVID Response will be held by the CHR in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
It will run from 10 in the morning until 12 noon.
The Commission hopes that the event will serve as a guideline for core government agencies to protect women and children in the context of the COVID-19 community quarantine.
At the same time, the CHR hopes that the webinar will provide a safe space to clarify concerns of agencies in fulfilling their mandates in the “new normal” setting.
Earlier, the CHR lamented that households have been weighed down by psychological and mental exhaustion because of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), and many women and children are forced to stay at home with their abusers.
Because of the lockdown, more victims of physical, psychological and sexual abuse are put at risk.
The CHR has already urged the government to undertake measures to combat domestic violence and provide protection for women and children. They added that women and children should likewise be given safe shelters and financial aid should they choose to leave their homes and abusers.