Malaysian women and children bear brunt of coronavirus lockdown

Malaysian women and children bear brunt of coronavirus lockdown

AsiaOne-·2020-12-15 12:05

Women and children have been hardest-hit by coronavirus restrictions in Malaysia, experts say, with domestic violence and calls to abortion helplines both increasing during lockdown.

Women’s groups reported a threefold increase in distress calls over the past year, while a reproductive rights group said calls from women seeking access to safe abortions increased nearly 50 per cent over 2020 compared to 2019.

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