Addressing the root causes of gender inequality and identifying means of preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) has never been more important. The WHO reports that 1 in 3 women experience violence in their lifetimes—a pandemic in its own right, now further exacerbated by COVID-19. The prevalence of GBV increases in times of crisis. Whether due to conflict, disaster, or disease outbreak such as COVID-19, women and girls are disproportionately affected by crises during which GBV, intimate partner violence, and other forms of abuse increase. Furthermore, women typically have less crisis response decision-making power, which—as well as exacerbating already present gender inequalities—results in their needs being de-prioritised…..more