WHO panel event on prevalence estimates on violence against women on 15 March 2021

Further information  below for the panel event on WHO’s recently launched violence against women estimates. This event will take place on Monday 15 March from 13:00-14:30 CET, 14:- 12 – 1.30 CMT and  8:00-9:00 EST . 

The key findings of the Report will be presented and a panel of data producers and users (policy makers) from countries will share their expertise and insights on the importance of strengthening country capacity to produce, collect, report and use prevalence/survey (and other) data on violence against women.

They will also briefly introduce the interactive data visualization platform which will make the WHO global database on the prevalence of violence against women publicly accessible.   

Background The World Health Organization, on behalf of the Violence Against Women Inter-Agency Group on Estimation and Data (VAW-IAGED), will be presenting a new report, Violence against women prevalence estimates, 2018.

The report presents global, regional, and national prevalence estimates of physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence against women, as well as global and regional estimates of non-partner sexual violence against women. These are the first estimates on violence against women within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) period. The analysis uses evidence from all eligible national and sub-national prevalence studies conducted between 2000 and 2018 gathered through a comprehensive systematic review of publicly available prevalence data, data repositories and additional data provided by countries’ national statistics offices. The estimates include data for 158 countries.

These new estimates reiterate that violence against women remains a public health problem and human rights violation of pandemic proportions that preceded the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue long after it. It is putting the health and well-being of women and their children at risk, all over the world, with substantial social and economic costs to individuals, families and countries. It is critical that governments invest in evidence-based sustainable and long-term measures to prevent violence against women. The prevalence estimates provide a way to track progress of governments over the long term in preventing and ultimately ending violence against women.

Objectives – To explain and disseminate the estimates on violence against women – To foster a dialogue between users and producers of violence against women data on how it can be most useful to countries – To highlight the importance and need for strengthening country capacity to produce, collect, report and use prevalence/survey data on violence against women – To introduce the violence against women data visualization platform

The registration details are on the flyer below:

Call to identify policy and practice responses and initiatives aimed at all family members experiencing domestic abuse


Domestic Abuse: Harnessing Learning Internationally under COVID-19 (DAHLIA-19) is a new research study capturing and assessing policy and practice initiatives in responding to Domestic Abuse (DA) under Covid-19 in four countries: UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.  The study team are  identifying policy and practice responses aimed at all family members experiencing DA (adult survivors, children and young people and perpetrators) and examining which initiatives have been joined up and which groups have benefited. The project is led by Professor Nicky Stanley, Connect Centre, University of Central Lancashire, with UK academic partners from the University of Edinburgh (Dr Claire Houghton) and is funded by the ESRC.

The team are working closely with the Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales, the Scottish Government and with DA partner organisations and experts to identify what DA practice and policy interventions and strategies have been introduced under Covid-19 in all four countries of the UK, whether successful or not.

Please send any information on interventions and strategies you know about, and any evidence of their impact across the following priority areas:

• First response services including: education, health and local authorities

• New ways of identifying & supporting adult survivors

• Identifying & supporting children/young people living with DA

• New or strengthened routes to safety including: o Housing & refuges o Awareness raising initiatives & prevention o Accessibility and delivery of outreach and community-based DA services o Co-ordination across services o Strengthening capacity of services & professionals.

• Policing and criminal justice • Perpetrator services

Please use these priorities as headings to structure your response and submit reports, relevant data sets or links to: dahlia@uclan.ac.uk or upload here.

The deadline is 19 March 2021.