Coronavirus lockdowns could result in an additional 31 million cases of gender-based violence across the world, according to the UN

By Ally Mauch
May 07, 2020 03:59 PM
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Coronavirus-related lockdowns have left women and girls across the globe vulnerable to gender-based violence, and many celebrities are looking to help.

Actress Charlize Theron, alongside humanitarian organization CARE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has launched Together For Her, a campaign to deploy funds and other resources to fight domestic violence amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

More than 50 influential women, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Viola Davis and Allison Janney, have joined in on the movement to address gender-based violence.

“I am a child survivor of domestic violence. It is the last of the acceptable abuses. It thrives on silence and metastasizes into lifelong trauma that can’t be quantified,” Davis said in a news release. “The abused have been physically, emotionally and financially incapacitated. As a result. They stay.... They are continually abused and in a lot of cases, killed.”

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“Providing funds to give them the means to get out and the emotional support to know they are worthy is everything,” the How to Get Away with Murder actress continued. “They are worthy of better, of real love. ”

According to the United Nations Population Fund, six months of lockdowns could lead to an additional 31 million cases of gender-based violence around the world.

The money raised through Together For Her will support shelters, counseling services, crisis intervention, sexual and reproductive health services and more, the release said.

“Throughout my career, I’ve always played tough women with a lot to say and I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside women who embody that spirit every day,” Janney said. “Over and over, I’ve witnessed the power of women - both real and fictional - standing together, lifting each other up, and advocating for good.”

She added, “In times of crisis, that power is amplified. There is no more important time for strong and empowered women to come together than during an emergency when women become extra vulnerable to hardship and abuse.”

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