Strengthening the health system response to violence against women
This booklet includes a popular version of the violence against women and girls section of The global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system within a national multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
25th November 2016: Every year on this date, people from across the world come together to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day of global importance is followed by 16 days of activism, culminating in Human Rights Day on the 10th December. During these days people wear orange to take a positive stand against violence.
Violence against women is a major public health problem and is a violation of women’s human rights. 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/ or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.
Violence against women takes many forms and can include: Intimate partner violence, including physical, sexual and psychological violence; sexual violence; female genital mutilation; forced and early marriages; femicide; and trafficking.
In May 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global plan of action on strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children.
This plan outlines the many ways that countries’ health systems can put into action proven interventions to provide care and support for women who have experienced violence, and work with and across other sectors, to end violence against women and girls by 2030.
Health workers: Listening when women need it most
This year on the 25th November, and for the duration of the 16 days, WHO staff will be coming together and wearing orange to mark their support for this important United Nations and civil society campaign, and for a brighter future without violence – one for which the Global plan of action also aims.