Guidance Note on COVID-19 AND PSEA_2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 is severely affecting everyone in Lebanon and around the world. Experience from previous health emergencies, such as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemics in West Africa and the Zika virus outbreak, have shown that sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is likely to increase as families are confined to their homes, schools are closed, movement restrictions increased and access to critical services and livelihoods may be compromised. Experience from previous health emergencies have also shown that the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is exacerbated, with affected populations expressing increased concerns over SEA. Overall, there are increased risks, particularly for the most vulnerable, in crisis contexts and therefore strengthening our commitments to Accountability to Affected People (AAP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is especially important.