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Medicus Mundi Spain fights gender violence in the most vulnerable countries

Medicus Mundi Spain fights gender violence in the most vulnerable countries

FAMME, November 2018. Medicus Mundi Spain represented the civil society of Burkina Faso in the Conference "Strengthening Public Health Models in the Fight against Gender Violence" organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Cairo.

"The NGO medicusmundi through the responsible against gender violence in Burkina Faso, Mrs. Yvette Ouedraogo was selected by the government of Burkina Faso to represent the civil society of this African country in its efforts to advance in the fight against gender violence, at the conference organized by WHO entitled "Strengthening Public Health Models in the Fight against Gender Violence" and held in Cairo, on 23, 24 and 25 October 2018.

The objective of this conference was to strengthen the role and competencies of public health in the fight against gender-based violence, and to ensure the adaptation of the directives launched by WHO in this area at national level, with the elaboration of national action plans.

This event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Public Health and civil society representatives from Nigeria, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Burkina Faso from the West African region, as well as from North African and Middle Eastern countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, and from the World Health Organization offices of the aforementioned countries, the regional offices of Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as various UN Agencies.

Yvette Ouedraogo is a midwife expert in public health services who has been working with medicusmundi for several years. She has a solid background in sexual and reproductive health, social psychology, gender, population and development. As coordinator of the program against gender violence in Burkina Faso that this NGO carries out in that Sahelian country, she has been working for people to change their behavior in relation to the rights of women, girls, etc.

The main objective of this project is to create protocols to identify and care for women who suffer violence and, more importantly, to prevent it by working together with all the services that are or may be involved: health, social services, police and the population.

These protocols of joint action have been presented in this WHO interregional workshop since medicusmundi is an active member of the group created by the Burkinabe civil associations involved in improving the country's instruments to combat the problem of gender-based violence.

The impact on the correct application of these protocols throughout the territory is one of the fundamental cross-cutting objectives in the various actions that medicusmundi carries out in Burkina.

To emphasize that thanks to international efforts such as those made by the WHO, it will be easier to influence the correct application of these instruments by public authorities to clarify and formalize the intervention and response to situations of gender violence suffered by Burkinabe women and girls, making visible a dramatic reality that until now had remained invisible"

For further information and interviews:

Casilda Velasco Judge: 606 651 898 (Gynaecologist and expert)
Africa Caño Aguilar: 601 083 360 (Gynaecologist and expert)
Teresa Rosario (FAMME Communication): 680 450 301

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