UNFPA’s “Psychosocial Support Hotline 1417” offers psychosocial support to gender-based violence survivors

By Sami Zaptia.

As part of the annual UN ”16 days of activism” against gender-based violence, the UNFPA Libya office has launched a hotline for gender-based violence victims (Photo: UNFPA Libya).

Tripoli, 3 December 2021:

The United Nations Population Fund Libya office’s (UNFPA) “Psychosocial Support Hotline 1417” has been launched and has offered psychosocial support and legal consultations on emotional, domestic and physical abuse for gender-based violence survivors in Libya.

GIZ Libya reported yesterday that as gender-based violence is also a daily reality for many women and girls in Libya, last week, the hotline received 501 calls and supported 33 individuals to receive further specialized services.

The initiative is part of the UN’s global theme for this year’s ”16 Days of Activism” against Gender-Based Violence which will run from 25 November to 10 December.

GIZ reported that 1 in 3 women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime and that any act of physical, psychological, sexual or economic violence directed against a person because of her or his gender as gender-based violence.

In addition to physical violence, women and girls often suffer exclusion from their communities or social groups. Often, social norms as well as institutions, laws and beliefs of dominance and power cause and reinforce gender-based violence. Additional social and personal anxiety, stress, economic pressure and social isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have led to a massive increase in violence against women and girls, GIZ explained.

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