Gender, equity and human rights

The right to health for everyone, no matter where people live or travel

20 JUNE 2016 - There are an estimated 60 million refugees or internally displaced persons worldwide. Their circumstances vary greatly, from those temporarily displaced by conflict or natural disasters to those who spend years in camps or urban areas far from home. Today on World Refugee Day, we reflect on the pressing issues faced by this population who is too often left behind. While becoming a refugee changes many things, it does not change the human right to the highest attainable standard of health and well-being.

Leave no one behind at WHA69

JUNE 2016 - The 69th World Health Assembly (WHA), which took place last month at the UN headquarters in Geneva, marked a shift towards the commitments of the integrated 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its overarching goal of ‘leaving no one behind’. With a notable push towards more equitable, inclusive and rights-based health systems, key emerging themes underscored the importance of universally-available and stigma-free health services, more accountable and community-centred health systems, and a focus on key enabling factors for health like the environment and climate change as well as the drivers of poor health outcomes, particularly air pollution, humanitarian emergencies, violence and discrimination.

Working group on health and human rights of women, children and adolescents

25 MAY 2016 - At the 69th World Health Assembly, WHO and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced the establishment of a high-level working group of global champions on health and human rights of women, children and adolescents. The working group has a year-long mandate during which it aims to generate high-level political support, at both national and international levels, for the implementation of the human rights-related measures called for under the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).

Uncovering health inequalities: A path towards leaving no one behind

Young Indonesian woman breastfeeding her baby
WHO/Anna Kari

May 2016 -- Uncovering and targeting inequalities that exist between and within countries is essential to ensuring that the most disadvantaged populations have the same access to and quality of health care as the richest populations. WHO's new tool, the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), enables health professionals and researchers to explore and compare the state of inequalities in their countries in order to better set priorities and establish equity-oriented policies, programs and interventions.

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

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99%of maternal deaths occur in developing countries

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100 millionpeople globally are pushed below the poverty line every year as a result of health care expenditure

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Sustainable Development Goals

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Global strategy for women's, children's and adolescents' health (2016-2030)

Making progress towards the Strategy's objectives, which are driven by a strong emphasis on gender and human rights, can secure a healthy and transformative future for all women, children and adolescents in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Gender, health and the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Veronica Magar's commentary, November 2015
"It is time to build upon hard-won accomplishments of gender and women’s health with an expanded social justice perspective."

Inside the Human Rights Council

The Universal Periodic Review

Ensuring UN Member States fulfil their human rights obligations and commitments

“A ruined planet cannot sustain human lives in good health"

“We need fairness. We need justice. And we need global solidarity.” Read the WHO Director-General's keynote address to the Human Rights Council

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