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Partner violence prevention and sexual violence against women workshop Taking action and generating evidence

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, May 2, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – Despite the growing efforts of public and social health to decrease violence against women, it remains a major public health issue in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In recent studies, about 10 to 12 women in Latin America and the Caribbean countries have been victims of physical violence by their partners, and between 5 and 15 percent indicate, that it has been against their will, and that they have been forced to have sex with their partners. However, the proportion of women reporting this intimate partner violence is lower and largely due to the abuse that occurs when women are still young.

The damage caused by intimate partner violence and sexual violence can last a lifetime and extend to generations, with adverse effects on health, education and employment. Consequently, primary prevention of such violence can save lives, as well as protect the physical and economic welfare and development of individuals and communities.

Therefore, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization, reach out to partner and sexual violence, with prevention activities, by considering it a major global health and human rights' issue. By focusing on the promotion, providing health and legal services to ensure the safety of victims of violence, once disclosed, or detection of violence in the context of health services, emphasizing primarily. Greater emphasis on primary prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual violence.
Additionally, WHO has developed a guide, Preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence, which has become a key tool in preventing  sexual partner violence for researchers in the prevention of violence, practitioners and policy makers, because it provides a planning framework for the development of policies, strategies and programs.

In Ciudad Juárez, the number of homicides committed against women has increased alarmingly, only in 2010 there were three hundred women killed, which implies an increase of 1.150% compared with the year 1993 (source:Observatory for Safety and Peaceful Co-existenceof the Municipality Juarez

This situation requires a thorough review of public policy and innovative ways of doing comprehensive prevention of violence against women. For this reason, the PAHO/WHO United States-Mexico Border Office, the Municipality of Ciudad Juárez, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ), the Chihuahua Women's Institute and the Organization PATH - Alianza Intercambios, organized a workshop to present the Guide and equip participants with the tools necessary to achieve the systematization of interventions on violence against women, in addition to its monitoring and evaluation.

Monday 2 - Wednesday 4 May, 2011
From 8:30 to 4:00
Hotel Fiesta Inn
Paseo Triunfo de la Republica 3451  Colonia Circuito Pronaf
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

This guide describes the nature, magnitude, risks and consequences of partner and sexual violence. At the same time, it outlining strategies to prevent these forms of violence against women and describes how they can be adapted to the needs, capabilities and resources of particular configuration. It also emphasizes the importance of integrating scientific evaluation in all prevention activities in order to expand the current knowledge of what works.

According to the United Nations, Article 1 of the Declaration on Elimination of Violence against Women, states that "violence against women is any act of gender-based violence, where is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological damage to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."
About the Workshop on partner violence prevention and sexual violence against women

The workshop will apply the method of interactive participation, during which the most important elements of the WHO guide will be reviewed , interspersed with working sessions in which participants are divided into groups and share experiences of their institutions in the approach to prevention and care of women who are victims of violence.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Increase awareness about the potential for preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Establishment of cooperation between authorities and civil society in Ciudad Juárez.
Strengthening of the activities of monitoring and evaluation as an integral part of the intervention plans.

PARTICIPANT’S PROFILE: Decision makers from the three spheres of government (federal, state and municipal).
Representatives of civil society organizations working in the prevention and treatment of violence against women.


  • Red Mesa de Mujeres de Ciudad Juárez A.C.
  • Sin Violencia A.C.
  • Salud y Bienestar Comunitario A.C
  • Centro de Protección de Mujer a Mujer, A.C.
  • Mujeres de Pacto, A.C.
  • Casa Amiga, Esther Chávez, A.C.
  • Comisión Nacional para Prevenir y Erradicar la Violencia contra las Mujeres
  • Instituto Chihuahuense de la Mujer
  • Centro de Prevención y Atención a la Violencia Intrafamiliar
  • Consejo Municipal de las Mujeres
  • H. Ayuntamiento de Juárez
  • Centros de Integración Juvenil A.C.
  • Jurisdicción Sanitaria II
  • Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
  • La Tenda di Cristo
  • Programa Compañeros A.C.
  • El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
  • Fiscalía Especial para los Delitos de Violencia contra las Mujeres y Trata de Personas
  • Community Centers
  • Centro de Atención a Víctimas de PGR
  • Fiscalía Especializada en Atención a Víctimas y Ofendidos del Delito

WHO Guide to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women

Photos of the first two-day workshop

For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S
, Knowledge Management & Communication Advisor
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
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