Date: July 9
Time: 10am EST / 3pm BST
Who you'll hear from: This session will bring together panellists from The B Team, CHANEL, AI for Good, rAInbow and Thrive to discuss the rise of domestic abuse during COVID-19 and to discuss innovative solutions for business to champion.
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About the event:
Domestic abuse is an issue prevalent in every country and across society, with 1 in 3 of women worldwide experiencing it in their lifetime (WHO). The COVID-19 pandemic has led to spikes in rates of violence and abuse across the globe - resulting in an estimated 20% increase in domestic abuse during the crisis and 15 million new cases for every 3 months of lockdown (UNFPA). Stress, uncertainty, economic hardship and lockdown measures are some of the factors which put people at increased risk during this time.
We need a society-wide response to this crisis, with businesses playing a critical role.
Not only is domestic abuse a dire and pressing human rights concern, it is also a business-critical issue with the potential for serious negative impacts to employee wellbeing, productivity, staff turnover, and the bottom line. Employers have a duty of care to their employees, and a unique opportunity to safely provide support for someone who might be in a vulnerable and dangerous situation. Amidst this crisis, business must recognize the increased threat of domestic abuse as well as the unique challenges of isolation and remote work in order to ensure employees have the support and resources they need to remain safe, healthy and fit for work.