WHO Nepal supporting 16 days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and an important public health issue. An estimated one in three women experience physical and/or sexual abuse by an intimate partner or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their life. This imposes large scale costs on individuals, families and communities, and on their health and well being.

The health system plays a critical role in ending violence against women. WHO has published guidelines to help front-line healthcare workers give high-quality, compassionate, and respectful care to children and adolescents (up to age 18) who have experienced sexual abuse, including sexual assault or rape. Gender inequality is at the root of violence against women. We can and we must make sure that no woman, no girl, and no one is left behind. WHO has developed the Innov8 approach, which was piloted in Nepal, for reviewing national health programmes to leave no one behind.

The global campaign of 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence was commenced on 25 November, on International Day to End Violence against Women, concluding on 10 December, Human Rights Day. Nepal WHO staff is wearing orange to commemorate this occasion. Orange is the global official colour for the elimination of violence against women as it symbolizes the union of red (passion) and yellow (happiness) to create a positive energy for change for a better future.