Schools remain partially or fully closed in 42% of countries amidst covid-19 increase exploitation of early marriage & lost opportunities for girls -UN

Schools remain partially or fully closed in 42% of countries amidst covid-19 increase exploitation of early marriage and lost of opportunities for girls United Nations.

According to the United Nations, the girl child has suffered lost of opportunities and risk of violence, exploitation and early marriage, one year five months into covid-19, when schools have been partially or fully shut down.

According to the report, covid-19 “pandemic has reversed progress in expanding woman’s rights and opportunities”

Reports from several countries around the world during covid-19 lockdown showed that a lot of women have gotten pregnant. Reports also revealed many women have suffered domestic violence across the world.

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United Nations Women portal also revealed how many women have not recovered jobs they lost amidst covid-19, leading to a low or zero income which has also caused grave hunger. These among other developments make women and the girl child vulnerable.

“women have not recovered lost jobs and income, hunger is on the rise and school closures threaten girls’ educational gains. Vulnerable groups of women including migrants, those with disabilities, and those affected by conflict, are frequently left behind. Disparities between the rich and poor countries are preventing equal access to lifesaving covid-19 vaccines and treatments, putting women in poorer countries at disproportionate risk” the report detailed

Source: UN Women

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