Top 5 Blogs about Gender-based Violence in 2012

Mia Mazer, Media and Communications Intern

Gender-based violence is a problem faced by many women in Latin America and the Caribbean; in fact, it is an issue that affects up to 70% of women worldwide. The integration of gender-based violence screening and prevention into sexual and reproductive health services makes it possible to respond to the full scope of a woman's well being. These five blogs present the complexity of this issue and offer a broad perspective on how to ensure women's safety.

1. What Does New Research Say about Gender-based Violence in the Region?

In recent years, Latin America and the Caribbean have been celebrated for making progress on women’s rights. Five countries throughout the region have female heads of state. Women are now better educated than men, and they've entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers. Despite these advancements, the region continues to struggle with gender-based violence. Some even believe violence against women is getting worse. Click here to continue reading.

2. Promoting Health By Responding to Gender-based Violence

It is important to use this day to reflect how much progress we have achieved and continue to increase visibility of the ways gender-based violence effects our lives. In 2011, our local partners provided more than 316,000 services for the prevention and detection of gender-based violence in Latin America. We are working to ensure all of our local partners in the region are able to provide services to prevent and detect gender-based violence, as well as counsel women who have endured violence. Click here to continue reading.

3. Ending Violence Against Women Is Everyone's Responsibility

If you bring up the topic of violence against woman to ten people anywhere in the world, you’ll likely get ten opinions about how common it is, why it happens, and how to eliminate it. Reading experts’ assessments yields a similar variety of causes and solutions. Gender-based violence affects families, economies, and communities’ safety and security. Click here to continue reading.

4. Profamilia Nicaragua Celebrates 42 Years of Promoting Health and Well-being

Profamilia’s 18 clinics nationwide are the only interaction many people have with the health system. According to Dr. Maria Isabel Corea Ramirez, director of PROFAMILIA’s clinic in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, this is why screening for gender-based violence during prenatal checkups and general consultations is critical. In Nicaragua, where rates of violence against women are high and there is a culture of silence around the issue, less than half of all women who experience violence seek any kind of assistance. Click here to continue reading.

5. Women Who Inspire Change: Anti-Street Harassment Activists

All over the world girls and women face unwanted sexual harassment in school, at their jobs, and also on the street. Recently, many of these incidents have caused enough public outrage to force the legal systems and protective authorities to take women's safety more seriously. To kick off International Anti-Street Harassment Week, I'll tell you about a few brave women who are making public space safer for women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Click here to continue reading.


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