The COVID-19 crisis' impact on violence against women

Responses by SR VAW, the UN system, regional organisations and civil society and State parties


UN independent expert mechanisms on discrimination and violence against women

Special Rapporteur on violence against women (SR VAW)

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

All documents can be found on the CEDAW Committee webpage

Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls (WGDAW)

UN System

UN Secretary-General

UN Women

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

  • Bi-monthly newsletter Good Idea seeks to create a space of discussion regarding UNHCR's engagement with the human rights mechanisms and it aims to provide a framework to connect and share good practices from UNHCR Operations, developments regarding human rights standards, and upcoming opportunities to engage. The April edition focuses on COVID-19 and its global impact on the human rights of refugees.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Regional organisations and its independent expert mechanisms

Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI)

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence of the Council of Europe (GREVIO)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Rapporteur on the Rights of Women

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) and its Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa

Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Prevention and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention)

Organisation for Security & Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE)

Women's Rights Committee of the European Parliament

European Women's Lobby

  • Policy brief: Putting equality between men and women at the heart of the response to Covid-19 across Europe
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union

    Non-Governmental Organisations

    States