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.

Recognizing the need for creativity and flexibility during this time, Raising Voices has 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 involves, 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.

* For recommendations directed at VAW response organizations, see new 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).