** 09:05 Updated information – Portugal has a free national women’s helpline. Visit for more information: www.cig.gov.pt/servicos/servico-de-informacao-as-vitimas-de-violencia-domestica **
Deemed a ‘shadow pandemic’, it is reported that during lockdown, as some four billion people stayed safe in their homes, many found themselves in danger; a parallel pandemic of violence against women taking place behind closed doors. On 5 April 2020, António Guterres, UN Secretary General, urged Member States to recognise that ‘violence is not confined to battlefields’, calling for protection of women and girls from domestic violence.
Hear from three inspiring speakers, to uncover global, national and individual perspectives of domestic violence, one of the six key themes of the SI President’s Appeal, Road to Equality. With Sarah Gallardo, Executive Director of Sarah Speaks Up; Gigie Penalosa, Governor-Elect of Philippines Region/SIA; and, Patricia Vargas is a founding member of Global Network of Women’s Shelters