Preventing Violence Against Women During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a global crisis that is exacerbating gender (and other) injustices and increasing violence against women (VAW). Activist organizations have an essential role to play during this tumultuous time. Sustained VAW prevention work remains vital—as does addressing the immediate risks to women posed by lockdowns and other COVID-19 requirements which can exacerbate violence, isolate survivors and limit access to essential services.

Guidance Notes

Recognizing the need for creativity and flexibility as the COVID-19 pandemic got underway, Raising Voices developed a series of practical Guidance Notes to support activist organizations in adapting and sustaining their VAW prevention activities. These are living documents which may be revised as the pandemic evolves, intended for use by organizations with existing expertise in preventing VAW. While some aspects may be relevant for service providers, organizations primarily focused on VAW response services have distinct roles and considerations.*

Overview: Series on Preventing Violence against Women During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Note 1: How are women affected?
Note 2: How can activist organizations adapt?
Note 3: How can we amplify self and collective care?
Note 4: How can VAW prevention programs adapt?
Note 5: How can SASA! / SASA! Faith / SASA! Together adapt?

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Raising Voices stands together in solidarity with all of you and with the communities where you work. We hope that you are keeping safe and managing the inevitable disruptions and stress. Please reach out to us at to share your strategies for mitigating and preventing VAW during the COVID-19 crisis.

Community Mobilization Activities

Activist organizations around the world are continuing to prevent violence against women in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are challenging times that require agility, creativity and extra care in the practical ways we engage community members with particular sensitivity to women’s risk for violence during this time. Click here to learn more.


Activist organizations are leading the way in adapting to COVID-related realities. This infographic illustrates how 111 activist organizations across the Global South are speaking out, stepping up, keeping in real, and calling for action to prevent violence against women during this time.


On 3 December 2020, Raising Voices, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, Center for Domestic Violence Prevention,  Gender & Development for Cambodia,  Rehabilitation and Development Organization   and Nabilan/Asia Foundation  hosted a webinar to learn about–and celebrate-the resilience and leadership of activist organizations in the Global South in keeping VAW prevention at the center during the COVID-19 crisis. We also launched Raising Voices new communication materials. You can access the recording and PowerPoint here.


* For recommendations directed at VAW response organizations, see resources from the GBV AoR Helpdesk (GBV Case Management and the COVID-19 Pandemic and Securing the Safety and Wellbeing of Women Frontline Healthcare Workers ) and the WHO (COVID-19 and Violence against Women What the Health Sector/System Can Do).