Gender, equity and human rights

Equal access. Equal rights. Always.

Two young girls with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
WHO/Joanna Vogel

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.

Top ten issues for women's health

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WHO/SEARO/Anubhav Das

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.

59th Commission on the Status of Women takes place in New York

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.

International Human Rights Day 2014

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".


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


99%of maternal deaths occur in developing countries


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

Human rights

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

WHO is committed to ensure improvements in physical, mental and social well-being are enjoyed by all people everywhere, without discrimination.

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