This is part one in a three-part gender and COVID-19 blog series.
In recent weeks and months, we have watched the coronavirus pandemic sweep the globe and now reach the Pacific. While both women and men are susceptible to this virus, isolation and community lock downs create gender-specific challenges, particularly a heightened risk of domestic violence. The family home can be a dangerous place for women – one in three women face sexual and physical abuse and much of this violence is perpetrated by their partners. Last year, a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime found that of the 87,000 women intentionally killed around the world in 2017, more than half were killed by their husbands, boyfriends or family member – an average of 137 women every day.