The COVID-19 is a pandemic that has severely disrupted the normal functioning of populations around the world. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing in Nepal as well.
Disease outbreaks like COVID-19 threaten the health of all. But women and girls are being affected immensely. Sexual and Gender Based Violence is a hidden consequence of the measures taken for control of COVID-19 pandemic. As communities around Nepal are forced to stay at home, women and girls are at a heightened risk of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence.
Center for Victims of Torture(CVICT) Nepal, Partner of UNFPA has been actively working in GBV response and prevention. CVICT has mobilized 18 Psychosocial Counselors in 3 different province i.e. Province 3,5 and 7 including 3 in One stop crisis management centers(OCMC) from September 16 2020 to 31st December 2020. Counselors are responsible for providing psychosocial counseling to GBV survivors. Likewise raising community awareness to providing psychosocial support to Covid infected patient in quarantine centers and isolation centers amidst this epidemic.