Apr 12, 2010
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Saving Lives by Investing in Women’s Health, Gender-Based Violence Programs to be Focus of Congressional Briefing on Tuesday

Current Situation for Women in Haiti to be Highlighted

Leading violence prevention, health and development organizations will host a Capitol Hill briefing April 13 to discuss how physical and sexual violence harms women’s health and how support for women’s health programs can save the lives of women and children in the developing world.  The rates of violence and need for health care experienced by women in Haiti following the earthquake will be highlighted. 
Tuesday, April 13, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Cannon House Office Building, Room 122
  • Mary Ellsberg, PhD, Vice President, International Center for Research on Women and co-author of the World Health Organization report on violence; 
  • Janet Fleischman, Senior Associate, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies;
  • Kristin Kim Bart, Gender-Based Violence Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee; and
  • Kiersten Stewart, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Family Violence Prevention Fund
The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that one of every three women globally will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused during her lifetime.  
Gender-based violence is strongly linked to negative health outcomes, such as HIV/AIDS, increased rates of maternal and child mortality, and unsafe pregnancies.  Integrating violence prevention into health care programs can reduce violence and improve health outcomes for women and their children.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund, International Center for Research on Women and the International Rescue Committee are co-sponsoring the briefing. It is open to media.
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The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end violence against women and children around the world, because every person has the right to live free of violence. For more information, visit

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