Gender, equity and human rights

Call for inputs: High-level Working Group on Health & Human Rights of Women, Children & Adolescents

Primary health care consultation in India: women and children
WHO/Christopher Black

DEADLINE: 6 November
17 OCTOBER 2016 – WHO and partners are calling civil society organisations, agencies and partners working on the health and human rights of women, children and adolescents to provide inputs to a High-Level Working Group of Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents by 6 November 2016.

International Day of the Girl

11 OCTOBER 2016 – Today is International Day of the Girl. On this occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released a statement calling for an increased focus on collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data, and using these data to inform key policy and program decisions to adequately measure and understand the opportunities and challenges girls face, and identify and track progress towards solutions to their most pressing problems.

Landmark high-level working group puts health of women, children and adolescents at heart of human rights and development agenda

Human rights working group

NEW YORK | 22 SEPTEMBER – A landmark high-level working group launched today aims to put the health of women, children and adolescents at the heart of the global human rights and development agenda. By looking for the most innovative ways to translate human rights into a reality, the Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents responds to the global call of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ‘leave no one behind’.

What do we mean by “human rights” and “gender” in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda?

JULY 2016 - The 2030 Agenda lays out an ambitious framework that paints the picture of a peaceful and prosperous world. In order to see a transformative shift in our society, we must commit to taking the bold steps outlined in each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Addressing human rights and gender is a necessity for this. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about “human rights” and “gender” in implementing the ideals of the SDGs?

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Gender1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from her partner;

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Equity99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries

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Human rights100 million people globally are pushed below the poverty line every year as a result of health care expenditure

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Quick facts about gender, equity and human rights

Watch the photo story: Snapshots of inequalities

People have vastly different stories to tell about their health depending on a variety of social determinants.

FAQ on health and sexual diversity

This FAQ defines terms, highlights key issues and underscores the UN’s commitment to gender identity and sexual diversity.

Fact sheet on gender

Gender refers to the socially constructed characteristics of women and men – such as the norms, roles and relationships that exist between them, and which impact the health outcomes of people with transgender or intersex identities.

Frequently asked questions on migration and health

Abridged version of Migration and health: Key issues, published on the Regional Office for Europe website

Glossary of terms and tools

There are often misconceptions about terms related to gender. WHO has chosen to define them in the present glossary.

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