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66th World Health Assembly: Seven governments adopt statement on VAWG

(Brussels, 23 May 2013) During the annual gathering of the world’s health ministers, seven governments - Belgium, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, United States of America, and Zambia - issued a statement at the conclusion of a panel discussion declaring violence against women and girls "a major global public health, gender equality and human rights challenge, touching every country and every part of society" and proposing an agenda item on the topic for the 67th World Health Assembly.

The lively panel discussion on ‘Addressing violence against women: health impacts and the role of the health sector’ featured the African Union’s Commissioner for Social Affairs; Ministers of Health or their representatives from Belgium, India, Mexico, the United States and Zambia; and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development from the Netherlands. Panelists highlighted how violence against women is being addressed in several countries.

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