The new “Health Agenda for the Americas” is more significant for what it omits: sexuality education, safe abortion access, emergency contraception, and measures to combat domestic violence, than for what it addresses.
Gender activists in Jamaica have noted the persistence of strong links between community-based violence and rape.
The presence of violence – be it emotional, physical or sexual – diminishes the ability of healthy individuals to demand healthy sexual relationships, and by extension a healthy sense of self.
A recent report in Zimbabwe shows that violence against women has become normalized, so programs that encourage men to shun the use of violence need to be an integral component of every HIV intervention.
New laws show India wants to deal with widespread domestic violence, but will the measures be effective in the real world?