The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission announced Tuesday, May 26, the launch of the SafeHome campaign, which aims to support women and children facing the risks of domestic violence in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic ( Covid-19).
With this joint initiative, “the three institutions intend to react to the recent increase in reports of abuse in this area, while the quarantine measures are taken to slow the spread of Covid-19 expose women and children to greater risks”. “Almost one in three women worldwide experience lifetime physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner or sexual violence from someone else“, the three partners specify in a joint press release. Up to 38% of femicide is committed by the partner.
It is estimated that one billion children aged between 2 to 17 (half the world’s children) have also experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect in the past year, the statement added. Due to the social distancing measures currently undergoing in many countries, women and children also find it more difficult to alert family, friends or health professionals, who could provide support and protection, reads the statement. “Together with the WHO and the European Commission, we ask the football community to take part in the awareness-raising work faced with this intolerable situation, which particularly threatens women and children in their own home, a place supposed to offer happiness, fulfillment, and security”, said Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA. “We cannot remain silent in the face of this problem which affects so many people. Violence has no place in the home just as in sport. Football has the power to relay important social messages and, through the SafeHome campaign, we want to make sure that people exposed to violence can get the support services they need. We want to make sure that people exposed to violence can get the support services they need.”