Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

Gender-based Violence and COVID-19: Emerging Solutions in Justice Programming


There is increasing evidence that the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 is fueling widespread violations of women’s rights, including elevated risks of domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV). At the same time, the increase in GBV cases has been accompanied by a decrease in the capacity of the justice sector to respond to the rights and needs of survivors. The ‘justice gap’ for GBV survivors is worsening, according to the Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19 report, developed by IDLO, UN Women and other partners.

On 30 June 2020, IDLO hosted a webinar discussion with global and national experts focusing on GBV-specific justice responses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, highlighting lessons, entry points and emerging solutions available to ensure access to justice for GBV survivors.

Key issues:

  • Main challenges to the justice sector in delivering a survivor-centered response to GBV during COVID-19
  • Innovative emergency solutions to protect survivors of GBV during the COVID-19 containment measures, especially their ability to access justice and related protection and support services
  • Good practices and approaches for justice sector programming to prevent and respond to gender-based violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 outbreak

Panelists and moderator:

  • Prof. Mary Ellsberg, Director of the Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University
  • Beatrice Duncan, Policy Advisor, Rule of Law (Justice and Constitutions), Leadership and Governance Section, UN Women
  • Fabienne Van Den Eede, Deputy Head of Unit, Gender Equality, Human Rights and Democratic Governance, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), European Commission
  • Justice Henrietta Wolayo, President of the National Association of Women Judges of Uganda
  • Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia, Member of Parliament, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, The Philippines
  • Tara Neal, Country Manager, IDLO, Mongolia
  • Dr. Ilaria Bottigliero, Director Policy, Research and Learning, IDLO (Moderator


14:00 – 15:30 CEST  |  Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Event recording:

For questions or to contact IDLO's Gender Team, please send an email to

Image credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe