Violence against Women

Violence against women and girls continues to be the most fundamental and globally widespread violation of women’s human rights worldwide. The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women defines violence against women as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. 

WMA Current Policy & Action:

The WMA is committed to working towards the eradication of the obstacles that prevent women worldwide from fully claiming their right to the highest attainable standard of health.

At its General Assembly in Vancouver in October 2010, the WMA adopted a Resolution on violence against women, urging physicians and their national medical associations to pay far greater attention to this deep problem. 

67th World Health Assembly, 2014

On the occasion of the 67th World Health Assembly, the World Medical Association and the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) organized the luncheon "Doctors addressing Violence against Women and Girls". Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of University College London Institute of Health Equity, was the keynote speaker. "Domestic violence is a global public health concern with one in three women throughout the world experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by a partner, or sexual violence by a non partner".

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A video update on the event will be released shortly. 

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