Last week, the global death toll due to COVID-19 officially surpassed four million.
“In addition to the millions of lives tragically lost, there has been a less visible toll: a shocking rise in domestic violence as women were forced into isolation with their abusers; empty maternity wards as women postponed motherhood; and unintended pregnancies due to curtailed access to contraceptive services,” said the Secretary-General.
“In every corner of the world, we are seeing a reversal of hard-won gains and an erosion of women’s reproductive rights, choices and agency. With the onset of the pandemic, resources for sexual and reproductive health services were diverted,” the Secretary-General said.
“These gaps in access to health rights are unacceptable. Women cannot be alone in this fight,” he added.