Violence against Women
during COVID-19


UN Women in partnership
with UNFPA


Examine the relationship between COVID-19 and the increasing violence against women in 8 countries. 

Insight and Impact

We conducted digital research in eight countries (South & Southeast Asia), collecting crucial data on discourse across social media platforms and people’s search behavior on violence against women and girls, both pre-and post-COVID.

There was an increase in both online misogyny and online support offered to survivors between October 2019 and September 2020.
Searches related to physical violence, such as “physical abuse signs”, “violent relationships,” and “cover bruises on face,” grew by 47 percent, 63 percent, and 55 percent in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Nepal, respectively, during this time period.