Alice Han is an instructor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto’s department of obstetrics and gynecology. She previously served in Rwanda with Partners in Health as the women’s health district clinical adviser. The ideas in this piece are based on her TEDx talk, “Violence Against Women and Girls: Let’s Reframe This Pandemic.” The views expressed are solely her own. (CNN)The #MeToo campaign has shed light on sexual harassment and assault in shocking ways. The legal and political fallout, from Harvey Weinstein to convicted US Olympics doctor Larry Nassar, marks a shift in our culture. But noticeably absent from the conversation is how to support women’s health and reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG). VAWG can be physical, emotional or psychological and has many forms, including rape, domestic abuse, child marriage, sex trafficking, and honor killings. As an obstetrician and gynecologist concerned with women’s health and an epidemiologist studying patterns of disease, I have come to think of VAWG as a disease pandemic. Alice Han Unlike a viral disease, the root causes of VAWG are sociopolitical, like gender inequality. But just like the virus that causes the… Read full this story
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