Gender, women and health

WHO’s response to the challenge to end violence against women and girls


Building capacity, support to countries

WHO is working with UNHCR and UNFPA to develop an e-learning programme for health professionals on the clinical management of rape in emergency settings.

WHO has been working with partners to introduce interagency and WHO guidelines in the field and use them as a basis for increased action and accountability. Most recently, in January 2009 WHO co-organized a workshop for humanitarian actors in N. Kivu, DRC. The aim of the workshop (which followed the model of a similar national level workshop co-hosted by WHO in Kinshasa in May 2008) was to introduce interagency and WHO guidance and begin the process of integration of GBV prevention and response actions into humanitarian action plans. WHO is planning with partners similar workshops in other provinces in DRC and is working to strengthen the health sector response to sexual violence in DRC.

The Department of Gender, Women and Health is working with UNFPA to develop a tool kit, an information package and a policy brief on working with men for gender equality. In addition, GWH is developing a training module on engaging men to promote gender equality, as part of its gender mainstreaming materials.

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