Health outcomes are not equal for people throughout the world, both across and within countries. Many of these disparities –due to underlying social determinants—are avoidable and unacceptable. The Gender, Equity and Human Rights team works to address these disparities (caused by gender inequalities, inequities and lack of human rights-based approaches) to ensure better health for all.
8 March 2015 – International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women, but also a day to take stock of how women’s rights are fulfilled worldwide, especially the right to health. Progress has been made 20 years after commitments were made in Beijing to the Declaration and Platform for Action, but women still face many health challenges.
9 - 20 March 2015 | New York, USA - The 59th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women looked back on the past 20 years since commitments were made to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995. Some 8,600 representatives, including more than 1,100 non-governmental organizations, representatives from government and UN agencies including WHO, highlighted remaining gaps to achieve the 1995 Declaration. In its address, WHO called for a focus on equity, accountability and quality of care.
10 DECEMBER 2014 - Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It is an opportunity to reflect upon the common commitment made by all UN Member States in 1948 to respect and protect fundamental freedoms, laid out in the then ground breaking "Universal Declaration of Human Rights".