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Violence Against Women

Eric's story

He saw violence against women first hand. Now he fights to end it

Physical, sexual & psychological violence

Medical treatment|Psychological support|Education & training

Throughout the world, violence against women is a pervasive public health and human rights issue, affecting the physical and mental health of women and girls and tearing families and communities apart.

Worldwide, one in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The emotional, physical and financial toll on women around the world is enormous.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is defined as actual or threatened physical, sexual, and psychological violence that occurs either within the family or in the broader community. International Medical Corps takes a holistic approach so that we not only treat the physical and psychological aftermath of abuse, but also prevent future cases through community education and outreach.

The majority of our GBV help is provided at the primary health care facilities that we support so that survivors can be discreetly provided with timely and effective treatment at the same time as accessing other types of medical care.

Whether working in areas of armed conflict where rape has become a weapon of war, or in more stable environments where violence against women is less visible, International Medical Corps aims to strengthen the ability of local health care workers to identify and treat survivors. Our teams can offer medical care, psychological support, and where appropriate advice on legal and economic issues as well.

International Medical Corps has successfully run violence against women projects in some of the most challenging and conservative communities in the world, with significant successes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Our impact and work


Brilliant Women

Brilliant Women

Brilliant Women

Whether fighting against violence, for training & skills or for support as mothers, we're working with brilliant women across the world.

A woman stands by her home in Nepal

I know I'm not alone anymore

I know I'm not alone anymore

Support for women

Bishwajyoti suffers severe violence from her husband, but by visiting our female-friendly space she is gaining support.

Shoes in South Sudan left outside a meeting

Escaping a forced marriage

Escaping a forced marriage

Nyankon's story

When Nyankon faced marriage to a 50 year old man at just 15, her cousin who worked for International Medical Corps knew how to help

Lucia in Kodok South Sudan

Sexual violence in war

Sexual violence in war

Lucia's story

When women faced sexual violence, a terrible consequence of war in her home town in South Sudan, Lucia knew she had to help.

Husband and wife equal marriage

An equal marriage

An equal marriage

Changing lives

After years of violence and control from her husband, an intervention from International Medical Corps changed one woman's life forever.

Preventing violence to women

Preventing violence to women

Community education in Ethiopia

A young volunteer from South Sudan is determined to promote equality for women and girls


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