COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence-What are the Obligations for Businesses and Universities?

SAIFAC (a Centre of the University of Johannesburg) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung,SA

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought both a major health and economic crisis. In an attempt to curb the spread of the disease, many states implemented strict lockdown conditions, resulting in extreme social isolation for residents. Almost everyone across the country was forced to spend more time at home. In situations were there were difficult familial dynamics, conflict was exacerbated. The anxiety and stress of the lockdown also had an extremely negative impact on the mental health of individuals. All these factors worsened the risk of violence.


The panel will address the following questions:


-What are the limits of the state in addressing gender-based violence?

-Do businesses have obligations to address gender-based violence? Are these moral obligations or legal obligations too?

-Do universities have obligations to address gender-based violence? Are these moral or legal obligations too?

-If businesses and universities have obligations, what obligations do they have?

-What role can actors such as businesses and universities play in addressing the underlying conditions that exacerbate gender-based violence?

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  • Prof Surya Deva
    • City University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Bonita Meyersfeld
    • WITS University and Lawyers against Abuse
  • Dr Mispa Roux
    • University of Johannesburg and SAIFAC

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