COVID and Gender Based Violence

Research Project

This multi-site, mixed-methods study funded by UNICEF explores the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding movement restrictions on women and girls’ safety and well-being and their knowledge of and access to gender-based violence (GBV) services. The study employs online surveys and key informant interviews to (1) understand how the pandemic has impacted GBV service delivery, (2) assess challenges providers have faced in reaching especially marginalized and vulnerable women and girls, and (3) identify innovative and sustainable solutions for delivering GBV services during future pandemics. The study focuses on women and girls in humanitarian, host-country, and high-violence settings. Current sites include Italy, Guatemala, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Brazil.

PI: Lindsay Stark
Co-I: Ilana Seff