Mexico City .- While at the international level only just over 30 percent of women are victims of physical, psychological and sexual violence, in Mexico it reaches up to 70 percent, which is “spooky,” warned Felicia Knaul, co-president of the Lancet Commission on Gender Violence and Youth Abuse.

Given this scenario, the specialist called for zero tolerance against gender violence, within the framework of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative SVRI 2022 forum, which will take place from today until Friday in Cancun, Quintana Roo.

The also director of the Institute for Advanced Studies for the Americas of the University of Miami, indicated that the forum is highly relevant, as it represents an opportunity to learn about the most recent innovations for the prevention and response to this problem.

Knaul assured that this seventh world conference on violence against women and against children of the Research on Sexual Violence initiative will bring together around 900 delegates from all over the world. Inmujeres, UNAM and the Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research are some of the organizations that will participate.

For the expert, as long as violence against women and children is not considered one of the main health risk factors, it will hardly be given the weight it requires to be reversed.

“It hasn’t been given the place it deserves; it’s not a minor risk factor,” Knaul said.
He assured that a program and resources are required to reverse the problem and intersectoral work.

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“It’s not just a health issue, it’s education, it’s the labor market, the public and private sectors; leadership is required,” he stated.

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