Shadow pandemic business toolkit for employers and businesses

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has seen a deadly shadow pandemic emerge. A huge surge in domestic violence is being reported, and the outbreak is global. Women are trapped with their abusers and are isolated from the people and resources that can best help them. Whilst domestic violence is on a terrifying upward trajectory during this time, physical or sexual violence is already experienced by 1 in 3 women worldwide. That means that any company's leadership team and staff will likely include women who are suffering from domestic abuse. 

At such a critical time for women, urgent action is needed. Many employers and businesses are rightfully investing time and resources to support their employees in need. UN Women has developed tools for businesses and employers designed to shine a light on this shadow pandemic and provide clear advice on key measures that can be taken at all levels within the organization.

This toolkit has been developed by UN Women and Unstereotype Alliance. 

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Domestic Violence in COVID-19: Guidance Tool for Employers and Businesses (In Turkish)

5 Essentials for HR Practitioners: A Support tool for employees experiencing domestic abuse in the workplace and during COVID-19 home-based working (In Turkish)

Publications in English

Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Europe and Central Asia; Turkey

Subject area(s): Gender stereotypes; Economic empowerment; Employment; Ending violence against women and girls; Anti-violence interventions; Businesses and foundations; Partnerships; COVID-19

Resource type: Best practices; Manuals/guides; Resource kits

Publication year: 2020

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)