To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) held the event "Violence against women in the Americas: Data and Action". This event took place on Thursday, November 29, and was organized in collaboration with the World Bank, the Global Women's Institute of the George Washington University, the Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States (OAS) and UN Women Caribbean.

New data on the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the region of the Americas was shared as well as discussed what actions are necessary to end violence against women by reviewing recent experiences in Canada and in Nicaragua.

The event was broadcast via Livestream. The recordings are available at the following link:

Overview on Violence Against Women

Violence against women is a serious public health and human rights threat that affects many women around the world. In the Region of the Americas, one in three women have suffered violence by a partner or sexual violence perpetrated by someone who is not their partner, at some point in their lives.
Violence against women has many underrecognized health consequences, including death due to femicide, suicide, HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality, as well as non-fatal effects ranging from injuries, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unwanted pregnancy, maternal morbidity, negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes, and mental health conditions.


  • Moderator
    Diana J. Arango
    Sr. Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist, The World Bank
  • Opening Remarks
    Isabella Danel
    Deputy Director, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) [Download the text]
  • Prevalence of intimate partner violence against women in the Americas
    Alessandra Guedes
    Regional Advisor on Family Violence, Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) [Download the presentation]
  • Prevalence of intimate partner violence in the Caribbean: Overview of results from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago
    Isiuwa Iyahen
    Program Specialist, Economic Empowerment & Statistics, UN Women Caribbean [Download the presentation]
  • 20 years of research and action on violence against women and girls in Nicaragua
    Mary Ellsberg
    Founding Director, Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University
    [Download the presentation]
  • Violence against women: A canadian perspective
    Jennifer Loten
    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States [Download the text]
  • Closing Remarks
    J. Humberto López
    Director of Strategy and Operations for Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank