|Violence against Women (WB)|
Violence against women has recently been acknowledged as a human rights concern with a profound impact on the physical and mental well-being of those affected by it, but it has received little attention as a public health issue. The World Bank recognizes that much more needs to be known about the health consequences of gender violence. as well as their broader socioeconomic effects on development. This paper pulls together all the information available on the score of the problem and the lessons to be learned from developing countries regarding how violence can be addressed through programmatic interventions.
This paper was prepared to raise awareness of the extent and consequences of violence against women. It also examines the implications of gender violence for health and development and suggests practical steps that can be taken toward eliminating violence against women Although paper is directed toward the health sector, strategies that can be taken in other sectors are also discussed. The primary audience of the paper is the staff of the World Bank, but we hope the paper will also benefit the design and implementation of health programs of other international agencies, governments, and non governmental organizations. This paper is one in a series of papers related to the broaders issues affecting women's health.