Women’s health, Thursday 6 April at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne
More than broken hearts says WHO’s Claudia Garcia-Moreno, head of research on violence against women at the WHO.
Worldwide, almost 1 in 3 women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner.
Claudia García-Moreno from the World Health Organization has studied the serious consequences of domestic violence for women’s physical, sexual and reproductive, and mental health—and what can be done to address it.
Claudia will present a global overview of where violence against women is happening, how it varies in low- and middle-income countries, the different forms it takes, and the contributing factors, such as alcohol and other substance abuse.
She will also review the evidence for the different approaches that have been used to address violence against women, such as strengthening law enforcement against perpetrators, strategies to change unequal gender stereotypes, empowering women to be financially independent, and educating school students about dating violence. She will highlight the role of the health sector, including better training for service providers to support the immediate needs of women who experience violence.
Amy Webster, Women's Health Victoria
Around 4,500 people visit the Labia Library every day—women want to know what ‘normal’ genitalia look like.
Demand for female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) has rapidly increased in Australia, the USA and the UK over the last decade. In response Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) took the initiative to show women what is ‘normal’ by developing The Labia Library.
Pornography—now easily accessible through the internet—is depicting idealised women’s genitalia. With changes in fashion and hair removal practices that make labia more visible, women are increasingly worried about whether their own labia is ‘normal’. At the same time, cosmetic surgery is increasingly normalised.
WHV developed The Labia Library (http://www.labialibrary.org.au/), an online resource that supports positive body image by informing women about the natural diversity in normal female genital appearance.
Dr Amy Webster and Alexandre James from WHV will talk about the analysis of the feedback to the site, which has had more than 10 million page views from around the world since it was launched in late 2013. Feedback provided made it was clear that the Labia Library has positively impacted upon women’s health and wellbeing.
The vast majority of survey respondents perceived the site positively, often experiencing a reduction in anxiety and reassurance of normality. Some people who had been thinking about having cosmetic surgery also fed back they were reconsidering as a result of looking at the Labia Library.
Keren Greenberg, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Greater engagement with recommended medicals tests, screening and check-ups could have a significant impact on women’s ability to effectively monitor or control their health.
Keren Greenberg and her colleagues from Hadassah University Medical Center have designed an e-health tool to provide women across Israel with personalised information, empowering them to take greater control of their health.
Keren works with the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Centre for Women to help women look after their health through the smartphones and devices they’re already carrying around in their pockets.
Keren will discuss how the team approached identifying the needs of women from the different cultural and religious areas of the city and their approach for designing the personalised e-health tool.
Whilst many e-health behaviour promotion tools are created through top-down design, Keren and her colleagues have focused on participant-based design. “Lacking scientific foundation, theory, or even simple evaluation procedures, we can waste public dollars with no sustainable, replicable outcomes,” explained Ms Greenberg.
She will also discuss related health interventions, such as a health literacy intervention for older, low socioeconomic status women and a school-based cardiovascular health promotion program.
The World Congress on Public Health is on from 3 to 7 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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