Kolkata, Nov 24 : The international campaign “16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” starts on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will continue until December 10, Human Rights Day.
Under this year’s theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape” the campaign focuses on the issue of rape as a specific form of harm committed against women and girls in times of peace or war.
WHO is calling for more action to prevent and end violence against women. Women who experience violence are at an increased risk of death and injuries but also of developing mental health issues, such as depression, self-harm or suicide, and alcohol use disorder, as well as sexual and reproductive health concerns such as unwanted pregnancies, low birth-weight babies and sexually transmitted diseases.
Violence can affect any woman, regardless of their background and can have many forms. Estimates say that about 5 percent of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner.
Health-care providers are often the first point of professional contact for women experiencing violence. Women who are abused are more likely to seek health services even if they do not explicitly seek care for violence. Often, first-line support is the most important care a health professional can deliver.
The LIVES approach is a reminder of five tasks that can protect a woman’s life:
Listen – closely, with empathy and without judgement
Inquire – about their needs and concerns
Validate – their experience by showing understanding and reassurance that they are not to blame
Enhance – their safety
Support – and guide them to additional information, services and social support. (UNI)