Strengthening Health System Responses to Gender-based Violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A resource package

Health sector response to violence –report on panel at WAVE Conference, Sofia, October 2013

November 1, 2013

At this year’s WAVE Conference that took place from 10-12 October 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria, a panel addressed the important role of the health sector in addressing violence against women (VAW). Panellists and participants discussed existing gaps, examples of promising practices and recommendations, drawing upon recent research, tools and experiences from their work in preventing and responding to VAW.

Please scroll down to download the report that summarizes the panel’s presentations and the subsequent discussion.


Åsa Nihlen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen

Dr. Rossanka Venelinova, Nadja Centre Foundation, Sofia

Jade Levell, Standing Together, London

Angelika Kartusch and Iryna Rombak, WAVE Office, Vienna

Moderator: Dr. Nigina Abaszade, UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Istanbul