Money from Sint MaartenTrust Fund used to protect survivors, increase advocacy, and build capacity.
Nearly one in three women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Alarmingly, the scourge of gender-based violence worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as stay-at-home orders and government lockdowns forced women to stay home with their aggressors. Even after quarantine measures were loosened, heightened emotional and mental stress alongside financial insecurity and unemployment were identified as potential drivers of increased abuse. In the Caribbean region, advocates in Sint Maarten are working to support survivors and mitigate this violence within the country.