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The United Nations has launched a worldwide campaign to fight what it calls a “shadow pandemic”: the rise of violence against girls and women during COVID-19.
It notes that emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
As Sound Vision discovered this week after talking to leaders and experts on family violence in the Muslim community, we are not immune to this shadow pandemic.
It is important to emphasize that when we talk about domestic violence, although the majority of victims and fatalities are women, the issue is not about men versus women or women versus men. We are talking about violence versus peace and control versus respect.
The Islamic model of family life is based on the core relationship of a husband and wife that is based on mercy and love (Rahma and Muwadda), as established in the Quran (30:21). Domestic violence is a violation of this.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the surface and intensified domestic violence that has been a problem long before the stresses associated with the virus hit. This week, we look at how Muslim families are faring, and what we can do as a community to break this devastating and deadly cycle.
Sound Vision Team