Context and objectives
The project will contribute to improve countries capacities in preventing and responding to violence against women as a key public health, gender equality and development issue, and supporting progress under the Agenda 2030 for achieving goals and targets of in particular SDGs 3 and 5. It seeks to provide evidence and advocacy tools to governments and other stakeholders in the selected countries on the public health impact of violence against women, as well as concrete guidance on how health sector capacities can be strengthened to address violence against women and girls.
The specific objectives take into consideration possible challenges due to the COVID-19 emergency and are designed to be flexible in their implementation, to include provision of remote support and implementation of activities through online conferences and webinars in case the situation will not allow in-presence activities.
The concrete objectives are :
· Support the integration of violence against women in national plans, strategies, policies and health protocols of countries in the UfM region, including those COVID-19 related, highlight present progress made, share promising practices and identify common challenges.
· Present the evidence, tools and recommendations for preventing and responding to violence against women in the health sector to policy makers.
· Build capacities of country stakeholders to strengthen health services within a multi-sectoral response to violence against women in 6 countries.
660.491 Euro (of which 181.620 Euro is WHO contribution)
The project falls under the MoU between the WHO and the UfM Secretariat.
The project will be implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO), coordinated by the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), and implemented by WHO EURO and EMRO regional office focal points for violence against women and girls. WHO has been working on addressing violence against women and girls as a public health issue for the last 20 years and has contributed to placing this issue on the health and development agenda. Within the UN system, WHO has the mandate to generate evidence, guidance and normative standards for the health sector and provide technical support to Ministries of Health and other actors.
The direct beneficiaries of this project will be policy makers who are making decisions regarding policies, funding allocations and programming directions in their respective countries from the UfM region. The ultimate beneficiaries are expected to be women and girls residing in these countries who are at risk of or have been subjected to violence and in need of prevention and response programmes and services.
Baseline analysis of how violence against women and girls is being addressed in national plans, policies and health protocols of countries in Mediterranean region
Inter-country policy dialogue between 12 collaboration countries, sharing of experience, transferring knowledge.
Capacity building using WHO guidelines and tools in 6 target countries.
Working with the 12 collaboration countries to design and implement useful advocacy and awareness raising on the role of the health sector.
• Policymakers from at least 12 countries of the UfM who are sensitized to a public health approach to preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
• At least 6 of the countries develop a roadmap to follow up with actions to implement evidence-based prevention and response to violence against women and girls in their national plans, strategies or policies.
• Knowledge and skills of policy makers from 6 countries, mainly from Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries, strengthened to implement a health response within a multisectoral context to violence against women and girls.
• At least 2 countries that are in the process of developing or updating their national protocols or policies (including COVID-19 related), with a focus on the health sector, in line with WHO guidelines and tools on addressing violence against women.