Head of Mission and Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Stefano Del Col said on Wednesday that COVID-19 has deepened the existing economic and social problems, including gender inequality.
“The pandemic has increased, globally, domestic and sex-based violence to unprecedented levels,” he was quoted as saying by a statement released by the UNIFIL.
“More than ever, women and girls need protection and security,” he said while joining the National Commission for Lebanese Women in marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence at the mission’s headquarters in Naqoura.
Del Col said UNIFIL has been working with several organizations to prevent and respond to incidents of violence.
He assured that the UNIFIL is committed to the UN campaign to end violence against Women by 2030.