Violence

How healthy is your world?

Detail from poster representing sexual violence

"Violence against women and children, and women's health in conflicts and natural disasters," -- Grace Horn, United States of America

Many of you cited violence as a neglected health issue – especially violence against women and children. Each year, over 1.6 million people worldwide die as a result of violence and it is among the leading causes of death for people aged 15-44 years, accounting for 14% of deaths among men and 7% of deaths among women worldwide.

During 2005, WHO and its many partners have been contributing to a new way of thinking about violence prevention through the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention. A landmark report, The WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence against women, launched this year, illustrates the fact that violence against women is a problem in countries throughout the world and outlines solutions for reducing violence.

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