Gender Based Violence: A Public Health Issue

Gender Based Violence (GBV) can have physical and psychological health implications which can be immediate as well as long term. Health system is often the first point of contact for survivors of violence; besides survivors come in contact with health facilities and providers at some point in their lives. Thus health care facilities and providers assume an important role in addressing the health consequences of violence through provision of treatment and care, performing medico‐legal role as well as in prevention of violence. Sama believes that this potential role in preventing and addressing GBV at different levels of the health system can be achieved through wide ranging and multi-sectoral deliberations. We have been working towards recognizing gender based violence as a public health issue and strengthening health sector response to the survivors.

Sama has been engaging with various stakeholders including the Community Based Organisations, Sangathans, coalitions, like minded individuals and organisations, Health facilities at different levels- primary, secondary, tertiary, healthcare providers including doctors and nurses, community health workers, associations like AOGD (Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Delhi), FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India) lawyers, protection officers etc. Sama’s engagement has been able to facilitate insights, learning and linkages with multiple stakeholders in Delhi as well as in other states.

Gender-based violence: Shared Challenges and Collective Efforts – A Regional Dialogue

On February 20-21, 2024, Sama is organising a virtual regional dialogue titled “Gender-based violence: Shared Challenges and Collective Efforts – A Regional Dialogue” (“जेन्डर आधारित हिंसा को सामूहिक चुनौती – एक क्षेत्रीय संवाद”). Young community leaders from Bihar, Odisha, and Jharkhand who have participated in Sama’s capacity strengthening workshops and short courses over the years will be joining this Regional Dialogue. Continue reading

Short course on GBV in Jharkhand

Announcement for a Short Course on gender-based violence (GBV) and the health systems’ role and accountabilty to be held in Ranchi between 16 and 20 December, 2023. यह शॉर्ट कोर्स झारखंड में समुदाय स्तर पर जेंडर, स्वास्थ्य और सामाजिक न्याय के  मुद्दों पर काम करने वाले युवा कार्यकर्ताओं, संगठनों और समूहों के सदस्यों को आवेदन करने के लिए प्रोत्साहित किया जाता है। Apply Now! Continue reading

Training Modules on Addressing GBV for Healthcare Providers

Sama has been developing a series of Training Modules for Healthcare Providers in order to increase capacity with information and awareness about gender-based violence, as well as to encourage Healthcare Providers to create enabling environments in health systems for survivors to report violence and seek care and support without any hesitation, apprehension or barriers. Continue reading