The organisation is taking part in a round table in Madrid as part of the conference organised by the Women’s Health Observatory.
The Ernest Lluch Assembly Hall of the Ministry of Health, in Paseo del Prado in Madrid, hosted the Conference on ‘Early Detection and Prevention of Gender Violence in the National Health System: Common Instruments and Good Practices’. The event included the participation of the organisation Opciónate in the debate table ‘Sexual Violence’ as an entity specialised in equality and gender-based cyber-violence.
The meeting was held in the Spanish capital on 13 and 14 November, organised by the Ministry of Health through the Women’s Health Observatory (OSM) and was inaugurated by the Director General of Public Health, Pilar Aparicio Azcárraga, and the Director of Programmes of the OSM, Rosa López Rodríguez. Both stressed that the aim of the event was to offer yet another year of meeting and exchange of knowledge between professionals working in the field of prevention and early detection of gender-based violence in all the health services that make up the National Health System.
The intervention of the director of Opciónate, Ana Lydia Fernández-Layos, took place within the framework of the round table focused on sexual violence, in which she presented the current context of gender-based cyber-violence, the main types that are occurring among young people and its impact on health. This section was moderated by the OSM’s senior technician Isabel Soriano, who explained that Opciónate currently coordinates the Island Service for the Prevention and Attention to Gender-based Cyber-violence (SIPACM), financed by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria through the Department of Equality. Also taking part in this round table were the Madrid Salud gynaecologist María Sánchez and the coordinator of the Psychic Trauma Unit of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos de Madrid, Patricia Villavicencio.
The inaugural conference was given by the psychiatrist and psychotherapist Ana María Távora, coordinator of the Mental and Community Health Unit of the Virgen de las Nieves Hospital in Granada. The anthropologist and social psychologist Mónica Ramos Toro addressed the relationship between the health of older women and gender violence.
On the other hand, the round table discussion ‘Reproductive health and gender violence’, moderated by the vice-president of the Coordinating Committee of Women’s Organisations for Participation and Equality, Marta Cardaba, Anna Olivella, a specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and lecturer at the Sant Pau Teaching Unit (UAB), and Ester Muñoz, a midwife and collaborating lecturer at the University of Manresa, as well as Nicole Ndongala, Director General of the Karibu Association, took the floor.
The section dedicated to sexual violence and violence in childhood and adolescence included the views of Dr. Soledad Justo Gil, attached to the Subdirectorate General for Health Promotion and Prevention, as well as Lydia Salvador, from the Primary Care and Continuity of Care Service of the Castilla y León Regional Health Management; Belén Gallo, forensic doctor and advisor to the Government Delegation against Gender Violence (DGVG); and Marta Grijalba Mazo, also a forensic doctor, belonging to the Directorate General for Public Service of the Ministry of Justice.
This year, as a complementary objective, the conference included in its programme the completion of the teaching modules of the three courses organised and coordinated by the OSM for health service professionals from Primary Care, Mental Health and pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium care teams. Its objective is to deepen and broaden their knowledge of key elements and common instruments for the management of indicators of suspicion, risk assessment and development of skills for clinical interviewing in these cases, as professionals involved in the comprehensive care and recovery of victims of GBV in the primary care and hospital setting.