PRESS RELEASE

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE

CAUCASUS COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS OF

THE WORLD REPORT ON VIOLENCE AND HEALTH

  • Azerbaijan Country Presentation: 7 December - 10:45, Grand Hotel Europe, Baku, Azerbaijan;

  • Armenian Country Presentation: 14 December - 10:45, Congress Hotel, Yerevan, Armenia;

  • Georgian Country Presentation: 18 December 2002 - 14:00, Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released The World Report on Violence and Health, the first report of its kind discussing the epidemic of global violence as a health issue. This world report is unique in that it presents the issue of global violence as a public health concern, spotlighting the public health community in regard to their curative and preventive approaches to dealing with global violence.  This important and comprehensive new report by WHO discusses various forms of violence, the causes, and recommends possible solutions and courses of action to the international community.  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. 

WHO has also launched the related a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention that seeks to ‘raise awareness about violence as a major public health problem, including raising awareness of the impact of violence on public health and the role that public health can play in the prevention of violence; and advocate for increased human and financial resources for violence prevention at local, national, and international levels.’

Pida Ripley, Founder of WomenAid International is delighted that following agreement with the World Health Organisation, the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS 2002 programme is launching the country presentations of the world report in the Caucasus region. The country presentations in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia aim to generate discussion and broad debate on the topic of violence and its impact upon health and provide opportunities to strengthen civil society collaboration on violence prevention.

Additionally the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS has now joined the related WHO Global Campaign for Violence Prevention. Through the WomenAid Caucasus Gender Institute, seven national ‘Focus Groups’ will be formed in each country. These groups will cover the topic areas in the report and work through 2003 to contribute to the drafting of a national plan of action on violence prevention. The highly successful CAUCASUS 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE has over 500 participating organizations throughout the region and was developed as a twin track strategy of bringing together two global campaigns, 16 Days of Activism Against Violence and the White Ribbon Campaign to create a platform that unites both male and female efforts to end violence. 

For further information please contact the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS PRESS CENTRE at

Caucasus Region: Tel: (995 32) 37-92-70     waigeo@access.sanet.ge

UK: Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 1790 or 7976 1032   C16Dpress@womenaid.org   

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

Regional and Georgian Focal Point:

WomenAid International-Caucasus:

17 Khvichia St. Tbilisi 380060

Georgia

Tel/Fax: (995 32) 37 92 70

Email: waigeo@access.sanet.ge
Web: www.womenaid.org/caucasus

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