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Celebrating 100 years of achievements for women and health

Women parliamentarians of the Afghan Lower House arrive at their inauguration ceremony, Afghanistan
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Achievement 10: women as decision-makers

100 years ago, women had little say in the way that health systems - or national governments for that matter - were structured or managed. Over the decades, women have become more involved in decision-making processes that affect their lives.

Whether it is through voting, village health council participation, membership of a patient rights, health professional association or civil society organisation, leading Ministries of Health or national governments, women around the world have changed political landscapes, contributed to sustainable development outcomes and raised issues of importance to women's health.

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