Venue: The Hilton Trinidad and Conference Center in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Dates: March 15-17, 2017.

Violence against women affects a large proportion of women. According to WHO (2013) estimates, 35% of women in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have experienced intimate partner violence and/or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence has serious consequences for women's physical, including sexual and reproductive, health and mental health. It also has adverse economic and social consequences for women, their children, and families.

Through this capacity building workshop PAHO/WHO, in collaboration with UN Women, UNFPA, UNICEF, and CARICOM, aims to contribute to strengthening efforts to prevent violence against women, as well as health systems' capacity to respond to women survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence in select Caribbean countries.

workshop poster

Specific objectives include:

  1. to share the latest evidence available on the prevalence and health consequences of violence against women;
  2. to enable Caribbean countries to exchange experiences and lessons learned in preventing and responding to violence against women, particularly within health systems;
  3. to enable Caribbean countries to identify multisectoral evidence-based interventions to prevent violence against women including the role and contributions of health systems in prevention;
  4. to introduce participants to evidence-based recommendations from WHO/PAHO on how to respond to women subjected to intimate partner or sexual violence;
  5. to identify actions that countries can take in order to strengthen their health systems' capacity to address to violence against women.

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Reference material:

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Resource Guide Series: 


Ethical and safety recommendations for intervention research on Violence Against Women (VAW) (2016)-The new WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Intervention Research on Violence Against Women (VAW) -developed in conjunction with global experts on the topic - give crucial guidance on how best to address questions of ethics and safety to researchers working on violence against women. The new recommendations reflect the ethical concerns on VAW research, expressed in numerous articles and publications, that have come to light since WHO published Putting Women First: Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Research on Domestic Violence Against Women in 2001. As the evidence base on the magnitude, context, and consequences of VAW has grown, research efforts and attention have begun to focus on decreasing the knowledge gap on effective responses through intervention research. There is, therefore, a need to consider ethical and safety questions unique to this context.

Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Activists (WHO, 2015)

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