Behind the Mask campaign, staying at home isn’t safe

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 UN Women USA Chicago Chapter presents their latest campaign BEHIND THE MASK, which shows the horrible reality millions of women face during lockdown. 

The rising toll on violence against women and girls during the recent COVID-19 pandemic is alarming. Globally, 243 million women and girls aged 15-49 have been subjected to sexual and/or physical violence by their intimate partners in the last 12 months. 

As stay-at-home orders remain in place, this number is likely to increase with heightened security, health, and financial worries, accentuated by cramped and confined living conditions. Women with violent partners increasingly isolate themselves from people and resources that can help them. 


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UN Women is working to provide hotlines, online counseling, and personnel to support crisis response and help governments ensure access to services during this period, and coordinating with civil society organizations to provide shelters with support and supplies. Quarantine centers have been established to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse. In Antigua and Barbuda, UN Women advocated telecommunications firms to provide toll-free calls for survivors of violence. 

UN Women USA Chicago Chapter presents their latest campaign BEHIND THE MASK, which shows the horrible reality millions of women face during lockdown. As we follow shelter at home orders, we can help create awareness by donating at donate.unwomen.org. Follow the progress of this initiative by following #BehindTheMask and @unwomenchicago channels. 

Behind the mask was created by a diverse and talented team that developed a quick production through video chat in Chicago, Miami, New York and Venezuela; doing everything possible to spread this powerful message. 


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