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COVID-19 pandemic leads to rise in violence against women and girls in Asia Pacific, new report shows – ABC News

A new report highlights an increase in online abuse in the Philippines, with aid groups concerned economic fallout from the pandemic could fuel exploitation and child marriage in South Asia, reversing years of hard-won gains to end those practices.

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Lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a devastating rise in violence against women and children in Asia, according to a new report.
Key points:

  • Economic pressure can lead to a rise in child marriage
  • The Philippines reported an increase in online child sex abuse
  • Experts say violence against women can be hard to measure

The ‘Because We Matter’ report, released today by Plan International Australia and Save the Children, shows a disturbing increas…

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