RESPECT women: Preventing violence against women

About 1 in 3 or 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to WHO estimates.

WHO with UN Women, together with 11 partners, have developed RESPECT women: preventing violence against women – a framework aimed primarily at policy-makers. This set of action-oriented steps aims to guide interventions and programmes to prevent violence against women.

Key WHO publications

INSPIRE Handbook: action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children

  • WHO guidance for business continuity planning
    Business continuity planning will increase WHO resilience in the face of potential disruptions to the Organization’s ability to operate during emergencies. Business continuity plans cover all WHO offices and staff.
  • The World Health Report
    Expert assessment of global health including statistics. Each report focuses on a particular theme.
  • International Pharmacopoeia
    Collection of quality specifications for pharmaceutical substances and dosage forms, for reference or adaptation by WHO Member States.


  • The African Health Monitor
    Web platform for data and statistics, analysis and synthesis of information to support countries establish national or sub-national health observatories.
  • Public Health Panaroma
    Lessons learned from the field, as well as original research work, to facilitate the use of evidence and good practice for public health action.