International Women’s Day - 8 March
WHO joins UN Agencies in a call to action against violence against women during the 57th Commission on Social Status of Women in New York, United States. Violence against women is a major violation of women’s human rights and a public health problem affecting millions of women and girls. Women and children experience short and long-term physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health consequences of such violence. Child marriage can lead to increased risk of violence against girls and negative health outcomes. Deaths due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death in young women aged 15–19.
Message from Dr Margaret Chan on International Women's Day
Read about WHO’s work in the area of violence against women
Read the joint statement on ending violence against women and girls
- WHO news release on child marriage and risks of early pregnancy
- More about the CSW side event on ending child marriage