Women are on the frontline of the COVID19 pandemic. Social Democrats call for EU action to support them!

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Women are on the frontline of the COVID19 pandemic. Social Democrats call for EU action to support them!

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The coronavirus pandemic deepens existing inequalities in our societies. It exposes an increasing number of women to gender-based violence. It is putting an additional burden on women who are disproportionally represented in professions where the risk of getting infected is high: in hospitals, shops or care homes. That is why the Socialists and Democrats, together with the leaders of Party of European Socialists and its women’s organisation PES Women sent a letter to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, calling for a proactive, gender-sensitive response to the crisis.

S&D leader Iratxe García Pérez said:

“Thousands of women find themselves trapped at home with their abusive partners. Figures from several member states confirm that the number of cases of gender-based violence has risen significantly during the lockdown. The confinement also limits the access to public health and reproductive services. 

“We urge the European Commission and all EU governments to put women’s safety and health first as they respond to the pandemic. There should be enough public funding so that women can continue to have access to all health services, and have a place to call or go to if they face violence at home, like women shelters or helplines. The European Commission should also promote best practices, such as the pharmacy networks, where women can look for help by saying the code word 'mask 19' to the pharmacist.” 

Click here to read the full article published by Socialist and Democrats on 14 April 2020.

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