GENEVA (22 April 2020) – Many Governments’ responses to COVID-19 have had devastating effects on people in poverty, said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston. “Despite often far-reaching policy reversals and huge financial support packages, the most vulnerable have been short-changed or excluded.”
GENEVA (ILO News) – The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has called for an immediate human-centred response through global solidarity to the COVID-19 pandemic .
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated its stance on the lifting of lockdown measures aimed at protecting the public against the spread of COVID-19.
As COVID-19 continues its march around the world, the United Nations is working to reduce its negative impact on children, who are facing new health risks, disruptions to their education and increased exposure to domestic violence and hunger.
PRESS STATEMENT: Calls for attention to cyber violence and its devastating effect on women and girls in South Africa
Issued by UN WOMEN, Multi-Country Office, South Africa Attention: Journalists and News Editors Pretoria During this period of uncertainties caused by the spread of COVID-19 pandemic where families are staying home, Internet is more than ever the main channel of communication. However, the online world can be unsafe, especially for women and girls.
15 April 2020, Pretoria: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in South Africa today handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to several Gauteng Province shelters for women who have suffered from gender-based violence and human trafficking, as well as to the immigration officers of the Department of Home Affairs.