(May 2012) In honor of Mother’s Day, the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) held a May 10th event on “Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence: Research on and Responses to Service Provider Abuse in Childbirth and Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy” at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event featured two panels; the first was an overview of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) during pregnancy and of service provider abuse during labor and delivery, and the second panel focused on ongoing interventions and approaches to the issue.

Presenters on the first panel included Sunita Kishor of ICF International, Diana Bowser of the Harvard School of Public Health, and Neal Brandes of USAID’s Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition. Attendees learned the results of studies on IPV or caregiver abuse during labor and delivery. Providing a base of qualitative and quantitative data, the individual panelists were able to convey the prevalence and urgency of such frequently overlooked issues.

The second panel consisted of Michele Kiely of the National Institutes of Health, Kristin Savard of the White Ribbon Alliance, Nancy Termini of the Population Council, and Ariel Frisancho of CARE Peru. The presenters provided snapshots into current programs geared toward stopping and preventing IPV and abuse during labor and delivery, which included a mix of awareness campaigns and interventions.

Visit the IGWG website to download the presentations.