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Violence Against Women Should Be Treated As Global ‘Public Health Crisis’

Washington Post: How to cure the pandemic that women face
Mary Ellsberg, director of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University

“When violence is inflicted upon women and girls, we rightly think of it as a crime and a tragedy. But we should also recognize it for what it truly is: a global pandemic and a public health crisis. … We need to act as we would in the face of any other epidemic — by responding appropriately to victims and moving swiftly to implement preventive measures. … Not one grand vaccine will ever eradicate violence against women — just the hard work of transforming deeply entrenched societal norms, one community at a time” (1/2).