#StandWithWomen to combat the increase of violence against women during COVID-19

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#StandWithWomen to combat the increase of violence against women during COVID-19

Women and girls are disproportionately affected during times of crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified underlying gender inequities, including violence against women. According to UN Women and WHO reports, there has been an increase in domestic violence cases across the world during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is also confirmed by Google Trends data, showing +143% increase in queries on the search engine related to domestic violence cases worldwide (data at May 2nd).

Building on its ongoing efforts to help fight COVID-19 outbreak, the Kering Foundation and Gucci, through its CHIME FOR CHANGE initiative, have joined forces for #StandWithWomen, a new campaign to expand funding for their partners on the frontlines of supporting women and girls around the world, and addressing gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The #StandWithWomen campaign was announced today by Kering Foundation Board Director and CHIME FOR CHANGE Co-Founder Salma Hayek Pinault with a video message calling for the global community to unite with women around the world and take a ‘symbolic’ stand against gender-based violence, especially during this time when access to health services and other resources is limited.

"Now more than ever is the time to join together to protect the health, safety and human rights of girls and women around the world,” Salma Hayek Pinault said. “We stand in solidarity with women everywhere to put a stop to gender-based violence. We stand in solidarity with women everywhere because we cannot risk the progress we have made in the long fight for gender equality.”

#StandWithWomen and contribute to combating violence against women: globalgiving.org/standwithwomen.


The nonprofit beneficiaries of the #StandWithWomen campaign, who are working tirelessly to provide life-saving support to survivors include our partners:

  • Chayn Italia (Italy)
  • HER Fund (Hong Kong), Mediterranean Women's Fund (France), and Semillas (Mexico) via Global Fund for Women
  • Rosa Fund, in the United Kingdom


As well as:

  • Equality Now, in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Ms. Foundation for Women, in the United States
  • Global Fund for Women, working with grassroots sister fund Elas in Brazil