UNIQUE NEW WORLD REPORT ON VIOLENCE AND HEALTH IS PRESENTED IN CAUCASUS
A unique new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), based in Geneva, is being presented in the Caucasus region to an audience of representatives from government, international and non-governmental organisations and the press and media:
aim of the report, and a related Global Campaign on Violence Prevention,
is to raise awareness about violence as a major public health problem. There is
now recognition that violence in all forms makes a considerable impact on public
health and public health professionals can take a leading role in developing
strategies to prevent violence.
important, comprehensive new report by WHO discusses various forms of violence,
their causes, and recommends possible solutions and courses of action to the
The types of violence discussed within the
report range from war and conflict to youth violence, child abuse, elderly
abuse, sexual violence, and suicide: topics that are often overlooked and
underreported. One key benefit of
the WHO report is it sheds light on those types of violence that occur out of
the public eye such as domestic violence. These types of violence constitute the
majority of violent acts yet are the least reported.
report challenges us in many respects. It forces us to reach beyond our notions
of what is acceptable and comfortable—to challenge notions that acts of
violence are simply matters of family privacy, individual choice, or inevitable
facets of life,"
said Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of WHO on releasing the report.
"Violence is a complex problem related to patterns of thought and
behaviour that are shaped by a multitude of forces within our families and
communities, forces that can also transcend national borders," she added.
addition to being the first global report on violence, the WHO report is also
the first report of its kind to provide substantial data and statistics on
various types of violence. The report continually stresses how much violence
affects not only the victim but entire communities and nations, socially and
economically. For example, the
report asserts that in some countries, health care expenditures due to violence
account for up to 5% of GDP.
terms of the impact of violence on population, the report has such startling
violence in its many forms affects all nations and all peoples, women and
children are the victims of violence more often than any other group. Gender based violence is one of the most pressing
a foreword to the report Nelson Mandela says:
20th Century will be remembered as a century marked by violence.” “Less
visible, but even more widespread, is the legacy of day-to-day, individual
suffering. It is the pain of children who are abused by people who should
protect them, women injured or humiliated by violent partners, elderly persons
maltreated by their caregivers. No
country, no city, no community is immune. But neither are we powerless against
it. Violence can be prevented.
Violent cultures can be turned around. In order to ensure this, we must be
tireless in our efforts not only to attain peace, justice and prosperity for
country, but for communities and members of the same family. We must address the
roots of violence. Only then will we transform the past century’s legacy from
a crushing burden into a cautionary lesson.”
to Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General,
“Violence against women is a universal problem…. and it is
World Report on Violence and Health certainly underlines that view. The report
often face the greatest risk at home and in familiar settings. Almost half the women who die due to homicide are killed by
their current or former husbands or boyfriends, while in some countries it can
be as high as 70%. Most victims of physical aggression are subjected to multiple
acts of violence over extended periods of time. A third to over half of these
cases are accompanied by sexual violence. In
some countries, up to one-third of adolescent girls report forced sexual
PRESENTATIONS: Armenia, Azerbaijan
International, through its CAUCASUS 16 DAYS programme, and in collaboration with
the World Health Organisation, is organising country presentations of this
important report in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
The first country presentation took place in Baku on 7th
December and followed by presentations in Yerevan on 16th December
and in Tbilisi on 18th December.
further information please contact the CAUCASUS
16 DAYS PRESS CENTRE at
Tel: (995 32) 37-92-70 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 1790 or 7976 1032
Official Caucasus 16 Days website: www.womenaid.org/16days
Further details of the WHO report can be found on the official WHO website: http://www5.who.int/violence_injury_prevention