Strengthening the capacity of the health sector in response to violence against women and girls

Strengthening the capacity of the health sector in response to violence against women and girls
Strengthening the capacity of the health sector in response to violence against women and girls

Join us on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (EST) for the webinar Strengthening the Capacity of the Health Sector in Response to Violence Against Women and Girls, an event to launch three virtual courses for health workers, health managers, and policy-makers.

In addition to the launch of these courses, the event will feature a conversation with representatives of PAHO, UNFPA, and other partners as well as selected Member States in the Caribbean about the importance of health sector capacity-building and future directions for the Region. 

 How to participate


The health sector can play a vital role in responding to and preventing violence against women and girls. This role includes helping to identify abuse early, providing survivors with care and support, and referring women to appropriate services within and outside the health system. The health sector must also work in collaboration with other sectors and stakeholders to prevent violence from ever taking place and to generate high-quality data and evidence on what works to prevent violence.

To enable the health sector to play this important role, it is critical that staff at all levels is trained in what it means to provide a quality response, what evidence and tools are available to guide their responses, and how to monitor impact. In response, the Pan American Health Organization in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund, and with the support of the Canadian Government and the Spotlight Initiative, has developed three virtual training courses that aim to build health sector capacity on this important issue. The courses will be made available publicly in the PAHO Virtual Campus for Public Health. 

Related Links


The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism is an opportunity to raise awareness about the health and social consequences of violence against women and strengthen our commitment to collective action.


This year, the theme of the 16 Days is “Investing to prevent violence against women and girls”, focusing on the importance of investing in different prevention strategies to stop violence from its beginning.


Violence can be prevented and we all have a role to play! Join us in this effort.



The RESPECT framework provides a technical package of seven evidence-based strategies and approaches with the best potential to end violence against women and girls.


Violence against women and girls is a major public health problem rooted in gender inequality and is also a serious violation of human rights that affects the lives and health of millions of women and girls.