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

A resource package

Cluster workshop for health professionals in Kazakhstan on Gender-based Violence

October 21, 2014

On 18 and 19 September 2014, Maria Rösslhumer, Managing Director, Women against Violence Europe (WAVE), and Lodewijk Pas, Lecture/Professor at the University Center of General Practice Training, Leuven, Belgium, participated as an international trainers in a training seminar for health professionals organized by the UNFPA office in Kazakhstan

The training was held in Astana and convened about 23 health professionals from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, in order to provide tools for them to answer to GBV. The goals of the workshop were: to understand the concept of the Gender-based violence, to recognize signs and symptoms of GBV, to reflect on common myths concerning GBV and their influence on health care response to GBV, and to become familiar with the revised UNFPA_WAVE resource package on strengthening health system responses to GBV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The training curriculum and the materials used were based on the programmatic package “Strengthening Health System Responses to Gender-Based Violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (, developed by WAVE in cooperation with the UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.