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One in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, most often at the hands of an intimate partner. Psychological abuse is even more widespread. Violence against women is a public health and human rights emergency.
At IntraHealth International, we believe in a world where everyone has access to the health care they need to thrive. Our mission is all about improving the performance of health workers and strengthening the health systems in which they work—and that includes promoting gender equality and providing survivors of violence with safe, effective, and compassionate care.
Health workers are in a unique position to help survivors of gender-based violence. Not only are they the ones who may be called upon to set a broken bone or treat a burn, they also have the opportunity to be advocates, to help and refer survivors of gender-based violence, to speak out against early childhood marriage, and to remove the taboo around talking about violence in the course of providing routine care.
November 25-December 10 marks the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. So here are 16 ways health workers can help end violence against women:
What would you add to this list?Learn more about IntraHealth’s work in gender:
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