Seven governments adopt statement on violence against women and girls at 66th World Health Assembly
21 May 2013 - Ministers of health from the governments of Belgium, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, United States of America, and Zambia issued a statement to declare violence against women and girls "a major global public health, gender equality and human rights challenge, touching every country and every part of society" and proposed an agenda item on the topic for the next Assembly. The statement underlines the key role of the health sector in preventing and responding to the problem in an approach that engages governments and civil society from local to international level.
25 November 2012 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - For women in many parts of the world, violence is a leading cause of injury and disability, as well as a risk factor for other physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health problems. WHO and the Pan American Health Organization have developed a series of information sheets on violence against women that summarizes what is known about the prevalence, patterns, consequences, risk factors and strategies to address the different forms of VAW. This series is for programme managers, practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and others working in a wide range of sectors and in every country.
Intimate partner violence in pregnancy
Intimate partner violence during pregnancy has been found to be associated with fatal and non-fatal adverse health outcomes for the pregnant woman and her baby due to the direct trauma of abuse to a pregnant woman’s body, as well as the physiological effects of stress from current or past abuse on fetal growth and development.