Understanding Culture
Protecting Human Rights
Thoraya
A. Obaid

UNFPA Executive Director
Gender Equity Human Rights

Bangladesh
Colombia
Ghana
Kenya
Mauritania
Mexico
Morocco
Romania
Sierra Leone
Turkey

Laying the groundwork

Starting off right
Bulding in sustainability
Caring for the individual
Gaining support through advocacy
The Projects
Bangladesh
Colombia
Ghana
Kenya
Mauritania
Mexico
Morocco
Romania
Sierra Leone
Turkey



Mexico
Starting in 1999, a series of initiatives were undertaken in the health sector to address family and sexual violence in Mexico. This included the development, in 2004, of a comprehensive model to prevent and respond to such violence, which links health services with legal assistance and community-based initiatives in 12 states and the Federal District. Today, thousands more women survivors of violence in Mexico are receiving help, due to the collaborative efforts of civil society organizations, government institutions and international agencies, including UNFPA. But much more work remains to be done to meet the demand and to break down the cultural barriers that keep sexual violence hidden and women in subservient roles.

 



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