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Locked Down and Locked-in - Standing Against Gender-Based Violence and Human Trafficking during the COVID-19 Pandemic
30 Nov 2020 -  COVID-19 is severely undermining efforts to end gender-based violence and human trafficking through reduced access to prevention and protection, such as social services and care, and increased incidences of violence. As COVID-19 lockdowns have driven societies off their own streets, they have also driven crime further underground.
This event examined the state of gender-based violence and human trafficking amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, acknowledging the invaluable contributions of women rights defenders in the field. Experts, activists, and practitioners helped define actionable next steps that UN bodies and Member States can take to make meaningful progress in preventing and responding to sexual violence and human trafficking.
Targeting a broader audience, the event also sensitized the public to the dangers of human trafficking, as human trafficking and sexual violence can happen anywhere and to anyone.
Moderator: Mira Sorvino | UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Global Fight Against Human Trafficking
Speakers:
Nadia Murad | UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, Nobel Laureate & President of Nadia’s Initiative
Ashley Judd | Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Agency for Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
Ozark Henry | National Goodwill Ambassador for Belgium Against Human Trafficking
Ghada Fathi Waly | Executive Director, UNODC