Highlighting the Prevention of Violence Against Women

13 December 2017

From the end of November to mid-December, there is a global focus on Preventing Violence Against Women (PVAW). As advocates for women and their children, RANZCOG is committed to raising the awareness, and building the capacity of members to be able to better support women who may be at risk of, or experiencing violence.

This year, RANZCOG participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based violence as a means to bolster the collective international message that violence against women is an urgent and alarming issue, however it is an issue that can be prevented. RANZCOG joined with the Pixel Project, an international online advocacy organisation, to highlight 16 Ways health professionals can help prevent violence against women. The blog piece is available online and can be viewed here.

In conjunction with the 16 Days campaign, RANZCOG also released the December issue of O&G Magazine themed Silent Epidemic. This issue featured articles from clinicians and PVAW experts in Australia and New Zealand addressing key challenges in this space. All articles can be viewed online via the O&G Magazine website including information about contributing authors.

To further support the free flow of resources, and to align with all the activities occurring during this period, articles in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ANZJOG) relevant to PVAW were made open access. These articles will remain freely available to the public.

As a means of tying together the messaging from the Pixel Project, published articles in O&G Magazine and ANZJOG, a targeted social media campaign including daily posts across Twitter and Facebook was implemented. Staff at College House also supported the campaign by wearing orange on Friday 1 December in acknowledgement of women and their children affected by violence. 

A dedicated PVAW page has been published on the RANZCOG website and more information about resources for clinicians, as well as upcoming projects can be accessed here.



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