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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Experts to discuss links with violence against children

In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Nov. 25) and in support of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will host a Dec. 10 panel discussion on the links between violence against women and violence against children. The discussion will be based on the new report Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Produced by PAHO/WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report provides a comparative analysis of population surveys in 12 countries.

The Dec. 10 panel will be held at PAHO/WHO headquarters in Washington, D.C., and will examine new data from different regions, including Latin America and the Caribbean, which show that exposure to violence during childhood --directly victim of physical or sexual abuse or as a witness to violence against one’s mother—raises the risk of suffering from violence later in life.

In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated Nov. 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The PAHO/WHO panel discussion can be followed virtually at: http://www.livestream.com/paho

 
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