The Second Pandemic: Domestic and Gender Based Violence in The COVID-19 Lock-down by Mugabi Esther Grace

“…the virus will hurt women and girls most, especially in the poorest countries.”

On 21 March 2020, Uganda confirmed her first case of COVID-19, almost two months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared it a public health emergency of international concern. To combat the spread of COVID-19, on 30 March 2020, Uganda’s authorities announced a national lockdown for 14 days. It has since been extended for 21 and 14 days consecutively.3 During the lockdown,only the ‘essential workers’ and those involved in agriculture are allowed to operate but with strict standard operating procedures such as social distancing. The latest extension of the lockdown has, however, seen a “relaxing of the rules” with various sectors being allowed to operate. Nonetheless, for the majority of the population, the extension of the lockdown means they still are not allowed to access their workplaces and are required to stay at home.

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