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Meeting hears of health consequences of rape and violence in war zones

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:14
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Sexual violence in areas of conflict is increasingly recognised as a fundamental violation of human rights, a development issue, and a global public health problem. That was the message given at a symposium in Brussels last week that heard that a growing body of research confirms that sexual violence has “grave consequences for women's physical, sexual, and mental health, as well as implications for the health and wellbeing of families and communities.”

    At the meeting, which was hosted by the Belgian government, the European Commission, and the United Nations Population Fund, representatives from countries affected by conflict discussed plans …

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