Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in COVID-19 Quarantine Centres

Author: International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, governments around the world quickly implemented measures to contain the spread and protect their citizens. Many governments set up quarantine centres; some countries built emergency camps on islands, while others used existing infrastructure, such as military bases, hotels and schools. Isolating people is crucial to containing the virus, but this can also expose quarantined people to other risks such as sexual and gender-based violence. This document provides recommendations based on international standards, good practice and lessons learned from ICRC operations, such as the Ebola response.

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