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May 02, 2018

Gender Based Violence: Approaches and challenges at community and advocacy level

Gender Based Violence: Approaches and challenges at community and advocacy level

Berne, 2 May 2018, MMS/ conference 2018. "Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a main issue in international health cooperation. GBV is not only a human rights violation, but it also has a great social and economic impact and hampers health, education and poverty reduction programs. The MMS/ conference will discuss approaches and challenges of how to address GBV at different levels.

Gender Based Violence is a worldwide major public health problem which can take many forms - physical, sexual, emotional and economical. Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. In most cases, the perpetrators of GBV are intimate partners.

The consequences for a person’s health range from injuries and disabilities, sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies to mental health issues.

This underlies the relevance to pursue the goal to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls until 2030, as anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As there is not only one single risk factor for GBV, but rather a combination of different factors at individual, relationship, community and society level, a multidimensional and cross-sectoral approach is crucial, which involves many different actors.

At this upcoming MMS/ conference, our speakers will focus on different approaches to address GBV at community and advocacy level. We will discuss best practices, challenges and lessons learnt. Further information will follow soon!

Target audience: national and international Public Health professionals, project leaders, researchers and all those who are interested."

The conference is organised by Medicus Mundi Switzerland/, as part of a long-term cooperation agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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