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The Impact of COVID-19 on GBV for Refugees and Host Communities in Jordan

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The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the life of millions of people and has affected “women, men, girls, and boys unequally”. Despite the rather limited number of confirmed cases in Jordan – as of 30 August, only 1966 people were diagnosed with the new virus in a population of nearly 10 million people – strict measures have been adopted since the very beginning of the outbreak. To curb the spread of the virus, a national state of emergency was declared on 20 March 2020 for an indefinite period of time. As a total lockdown was implemented, Jordan’s COVID-19 regime was described as “one of the most stringent anti-corona regimes in the world”. Jordan hosted several waves of refugees and displaced people following the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, leading to increased pressure on natural resources and increased poverty and unemployment. Since 5 April 2020, the UNHCR recorded 656,213 Syrian refugees in Jordan, a number that has remained constant for the past three years due to increasing restrictions on entry into the Kingdom. Among the Syrian refugee population, 25,8% are women, and 24,3% are girls. In addition to this, Jordan hosts 90,305 refugees from other nationalities. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a phenomenon deeply entrenched in gender inequality and continues to be one of the most significant human rights violations within all societies. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, frames gender-based violence and violence against women as a gendered act which is “a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women”. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the life of millions of people and has affected “women, men, girls, and boys unequally”. Despite the rather limited number of confirmed cases in Jordan – as of 30 August, only 1966 people were diagnosed with the new virus in a population of nearly 10 million people.

Research Paper The Impact Of COVID 19 On GBV For Refugees And Host Communities In Jordan

 

 

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