Across the globe, governments are enacting measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. They are closing borders, shuttering businesses, and ordering people to stay in their homes. However critical these lockdowns and curfews are for public safety and health, women’s rights activists are concerned about their potential unintended consequences for women.
In response to the many challenges and threats facing civil society, democracy, and the planet, women and men marched, rallied, and gave speeches around the world on International Women’s Day. Demanding an end to inequality, violence, and environmental degradation, WLP’s partners were at the forefront of the mobilizations, amplifying local and regional campaigns for women’s rights.
During the 16 Days of Activism against GBV 2019, WLP Malaysia/AWAM conducted activities to raise awareness throughout the country, including a social media campaign, an online petition to advocate against rape, development of informational posters, and organization of a rally to demonstrate support for ending GBV.