PHILOS’ protocol against gender-based violence in the Greek Parliament


On Thursday, 30 April 2017, the Standing Committee of the Greek Parliament on Equality, Youth and Human Rights met on with the subject: Feminine health – Sexual and Reproductive health.

Τhe meeting that lasted four hours was coordinated by MP and physician, Aphrodite Stamboulis, with the participation of the Minister of Health, Andreas Xanthos, and of other scientific experts on sexual and reproductive health. HCDCP was represented by Chrysa Botsi, scientific supervisor of PHILOS programme.

The participants discussed issues related to prenatal care, to health education on sexual and reproductive health and to prevention of transmission of STDs and HIV infections. It was also discussed the phenomenon of increased cesarean operations, but also issues related to contraceptive methods used and their integration into prescription system, as well as the phenomenon of gender violence and methods of prevention.

Mrs Botsi presented to the members of the Committee the “manual of best practices for dealing with gender – based violence” that has been developed in the context of PHILOS program with aim to be used at the refugee open camps.

To the members of the committee were also presented the objectives and the structure of the protocol as well as the accompanying registration form. Furthermore, it was also stressed the need for the operation of the corresponding protocol in the framework of the national health system in order to cover the needs of the existing study and particularly to aid to the immediate and accurate recording of sexual abuse incidents to prevent STDs and HIV transmission in time.

The president of the Committee, Aphrodite Stamboulis, underlined the need for registration and dealing with sexual abuse since it concerns the national health system in whole and she stressed that it should have been under way for a long time. The Minister of Health considered the protocol that started implementing in the open camps as an excellent initiative and promised its extension to the whole national health system. The proposal for a comprehensive implementation of the protocol was welcomed by the whole committee and by the other interlocutors while the results of its implementation are expected to come.