Promoting Health By Responding to Gender-based Violence

Alejandra Meglioli – International Planned Parenthood Federation – Wednesday, 28 November 2012 (originally published 25 November)

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Image: International Planned Parenthood Federation

Today, thousands of organizations and individuals around the world are demanding an end to gender-based violence in their communities as a part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Each year, the campaign begins on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends sixteen days later on December 10th, International Human Rights Day, to emphasize that gender-based violence is not only a violation of women’s rights, but also a violation of human rights.

It is important to use this day to reflect how much progress we have achieved and continue to increase visibility of the ways gender-based violence effects our lives. In 2011, our local partners provided more than 316,000 services for the prevention and detection of gender-based violence in Latin America. They assist women who have been victims of gender-based violence through the integrating screenings into the provision of health services. We do this work because we are committed, as a Federation and as Member Associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, to the overall health of women and have a fervent desire to put an end to gender-based violence.

We are working to ensure all of our local partners in the region are able to provide services to prevent and detect gender-based violence, as well as counsel women who have endured violence. We offer technical assistance and resources to our Member Associations so they may begin providing screening services and referrals . . .

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