Sexual and reproductive health

WHO: Addressing violence against women: Key achievements and priorities


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Publication details

Number of pages: 11
Publication date: 2018
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/18.18


1 in 3 women will experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner. This violence has a profound impact on the health of women and their families. WHO brings attention to this important public health issue through research and evidence building, development of guidelines and tools for the health sector, strengthening country capacity, and advocacy to increase political will. Here are some of WHO’s key achievements and priorities in the coming years to address violence against women.

WHO plays a key role in bringing attention to and responding to violence against women as a public health issue through:

  • Research and evidence-building to highlight the magnitude of violence against women, its risk factors and consequences, and to identify effective interventions for prevention and response.
  • Developing guidelines and tools, setting norms and standards for an effective health response to violence against women.
  • Strengthening country capacity of health systems to respond to violence against women.
  • Encouraging leadership in health systems and building the political will to address violence against women through advocacy and partnerships.