Gender, equity and human rights

The contribution of integrated people-centered health services to ensuring universal health coverage, the right to health, and leaving no one behind in the SDG era

13 MARCH 2017 – We must ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable populations are included on the path to universal health coverage. This requires an integrated and people-centred approach in how health services are planned, delivered, monitored and evaluated, with strategies focusing on engaging and empowering underserved and marginalized subpopulations. These were some of the key messages to come out of a session on the “WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services: reaching out to vulnerable populations” that took place at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in January.

International Women’s Day 2017

A group of young African women
UNICEF/Pirozzi

8 MARCH 2017 – On International Women’s Day, WHO reaffirms its commitment to gender equality and women’s and girls’ fundamental rights, particularly to ensuring that women across the globe are able to make decisions about themselves. When women are able to decide about their health and the things that influence it, including their sexual and reproductive health and environment, they control their futures and their lives and fulfil their limitless potential.

Landmark working group on the health and human rights of women, children and adolescents meets in Geneva

Landmark working group on the health and human rights of women, children and adolescents
WHO

13 FEBRUARY 2017 - A group of champions and experts met in Geneva last week to reaffirm the urgency of putting human rights at the heart of global efforts to improve the health of women, children and adolescents – including the poorest, and those living in conflict zones and as refugees. The High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents responds to the demand of the Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind by rallying political support for a human rights based approach to health.

Launch of new State of Inequality: Childhood Immunization report

19 DECEMBER 2016 - This newly published report addresses two overarching questions: What inequalities in childhood immunization coverage exist in low- and middle-income countries? How have childhood immunization inequalities changed over the last 10 years?

Re-affirming our common humanity on Human Rights Day

Photo of female inmates in prison
WHO/Carlos Jasso

9 DECEMBER 2016 – Leaving no one behind requires a better understanding of the health experiences of the vulnerable and invisible who are more likely to experience discrimination, stigma and violations of their human rights. As we mark International Human Rights Day, WHO looks at the human faces behind health inequalities, explores why human rights are so central to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and looks to the future for the world we want.

The Innov8 approach for reviewing national health programmes to leave no one behind

Training workshop in Nanggulan Health Clinic, Indonesia
WHO/SEARO

21 NOVEMBER 2016 - The Innov8 Approach for Reviewing National Health Programmes to Leave No One Behind is an 8-step review process which results in recommendations to improve programme performance through concrete action to address health inequities, support gender equality and the progressive realization of universal health coverage and the right to health, and address social determinants of health.

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GenderHealth policy, programmes & services must be responsive to the needs of women, men, girls and boys in all their diversity.

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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

Advancing health through attention to gender, equity and human rights

In this photo story, see how making gender, equity and human rights everyone’s responsibility is reshaping the way health policies and programmes are developed and implemented to benefit women, men, girls and boys across the Western Pacific Region.

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

Innov8 approach for reviewing national health programmes

The Innov8 approach is a resource that supports the operationalization of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) commitment to “leave no one behind”.

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