WHO: Violence against women

24 November, 2018

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Violence against women

Strengthening the health response in times of crisis

23 November 2018

1 in 3 women around the world experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. This makes it the most widespread, but among the least reported human rights abuses. It is prevalent during times of peace and stability, but risks escalate when a crisis strikes.

While data is scarce, studies indicate that gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies is likely to be devastatingly common. A recent survey in South Sudan, for instance, found that more than half of women with a current or past intimate partner had experienced physical and/or sexual violence, while close to one-third of women reported sexual violence by a non-partner...

Supporting health workers to respond

WHO has published new clinical guidelines and tools to support countries and train healthcare providers to provide appropriate women-centred care, which includes a focus on empathetic listening, non-judgmental response, identifying women’s needs and concerns and facilitating their access to social support... [http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/violence/en/]


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