Workshop on ‘Right to Health: Sexual Violence and Mental Health’

A two-day workshop on Right to Health with particular focus on Sexual Violence and Mental Health was organised in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on 22- 23 March, 2013. The workshop was aimed towards: Strengthening understanding of gender based violence, particularly in the context of sexual violence and its impact on health – physical and mental health; Deliberating ways to improve response, institutional and community based, response of the health system to gender based violence – especially sexual violence, including focus on mental health needs; and Discussing strategies towards integration of mental health and sexual violence concerns into the demand and advocacy efforts of Right to Health.

The workshop facilitated a discussion on the provisions and concerns of the mental health legislation, and international conventions relating to mental health, disability, and sexual violence. The workshop was attended by mental health professionals and representatives from community based organisations and networks working in Madhya Pradesh.

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