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

A resource package


Collaboration between WAVE and UNFPA

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of Human rights and it compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of the survivors. One in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some ways around the world.

UNFPA recognizes the inextricable link between the VAW and the Gender-based inequalities. Since several years, the fund puts effort to break the silence surrounding the VAW and to fight GBV. To achieve this goal they committed to place GBV in spotlight as a major health and human right concern. The Fund also supports trainings for the health care providers to sensitize them towards women who experience GBV and to work on the effects of GBV on women health. In this framework, WAVE and UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office started their collaboration in 2011. The aim of this collaboration is to develop a programmatic package to strengthen the Health System Responses to Gender-based violence.

The health service is essential to identify and respond to GBV, but systematically is still often missing. For this reason, the project aims are to provide tools for health care professionals, service providers and policy makers in EECA to answer to GBV. A first version of the package has been produced during the first months of collaboration. In 2014, the programmatic package have been revised to fit with the 2013. WHO guidelines. The structure, the content and the title changed. The programmatic package is now a resource package on strengthening health system responses to GBV in EECA region”. The new resource package is divided into two parts. The first part (guidance for health care professionals in strengthening health care system responses to gender-based violence) provides background information and practical guidelines to support policies and programmes in strengthening health system responses to GBV. The second part (training package for health professionals on strengthening health system responses to GBV) which offers a ready-made training curriculum to strengthen the knowledge and skills of health care professionals on GBV.

To widely promote and disseminate this new package several cluster workshops are organized in the EECA region.The objective of the cluster workshops is to introduce the package to professionals In the EECA region and to enable participants to identify entry points to integrating the package in their daily work. The workshop aimed also to determine the needs for technical assistance of UNFPA country office. .The WAVE team also attends several events and Conferences on violence against women in order to dissiminate this new tool.