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Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis of Population-Based Data from 12 Countries

This report, produced by the Pan American Health Organization, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, highlights that intimate partner and sexual violence against women is widespread in all Latin American and the Caribbean countries where survey data are available.

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 14:52

16 Ideas for addressing violence against women in the context of the HIV epidemic: A programming tool

About the tool

The programming tool provides evidence-summaries for 16 programming approaches for preventing and responding to violence against women in the context of the HIV epidemic.

The tool is aimed at

- policy-makers;
- managers of national HIV programmes from relevant line ministries;
- donors;
- national and international nongovernmental organizations and community-based organizations;
- UN agencies and programmes; and
- institutions conducting intervention research and providing technical support for violence against women and HIV programmes


Four areas where changes needs to happen

  1. empowerment of women through integrated, multi-sectoral approaches;
  2. transforming social and cultural norms related to gender;
  3. integrating violence against women and HIV services; and
  4. promoting and implementing laws and policies related to violence against women, gender equality and HIV

A key feature of this tool is an inter-active programming wheel that summarizes the 16 ideas and the core values that must guide all programming on violence against women.


Download the full document here

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:46

Understanding the use of violence by men against women: results from the IMAGES survey in Brazil, Chile and Mexico

A growing social and political concern that has guided several studies in the field of masculinities relates to why men in Latin America (and globally) are the majority of perpetrators of violent acts that endanger women, children and other men. Masculine socialization and rigid norms of traditional masculinities, among other factors, promote and sustain violence in social, occupational, familial and relationship contexts. In certain contexts, like gangs or peer groups, many of these behaviors and practices reinforce masculine violence patterns. Men’s violence is also associated with other negative behaviors, such as alcohol or the use of weapons, that facilitate or potentiate violence (WHO, 2003). 

Violence against women is a prevalent form of masculine violence, affecting 1 out of every 3 women globally. In this document, authors use data from the “International Men and Gender Equality Survey” (IMAGES) from Brazil, Chile and Mexico to explore the risk factors associated with men’s use of violence against women.  The objective of this publication is to facilitate access to regionally-specific data on violence against women in the region of Latin America in order to advance evidence-based strategies to prevent and address violence against women in the region.

icon Comprendiendo el ejercicio de violencia de los hombres hacia las mujeres: algunos resultados de la encuesta IMAGES Brasil, Chile y México

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 17:19
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