Gender, equity and human rights

Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons

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Sebastián Oliel/PAHO/WHO

October 1st marks the International Day of Older Persons. The WHO World Report on Ageing and Health, which highlights evidence on what health and social care systems can do to support healthy ageing, will be launched globally on September 30 in Washington, D.C. by the WHO Director-General and the Regional Director for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). PAHO is also actively contributing to the development of a WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, under consultation with Member States and other stakeholders, which is guided by key principles such as human rights, equality and non-discrimination, gender equality, equity and intergenerational solidarity.

Ending violence and discrimination against LGBTI

29 September 2015 - Recognising that violence and discrimination present a significant barrier to health and health services, including for HIV and other STIs, this joint inter-agency statement calls on governments, parliaments, judiciaries, national human rights institutions, community, religious, political leaders, workers’ organizations, the private sector, health providers, civil society organizations and the media to stand up to discrimination in all its forms, in line with the mandate of the UN.

Human Rights Council

The 30th Session of the Human Rights Council is currently underway at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and representatives from 47 Member States have gathered to address situations of human rights violations and develop recommendations to address them. Many issues engaged by delegates touched on health concerns, particularly toxic wastes, sexual and reproductive health, drug use and abuse, and the well being of older populations. The World Health Organization is participating in a number of side events related to health and human rights during the Council, highlighting good practices and examining challenges to implementing human rights-based approaches to a variety of health issues.

Pay a tribute to health workers #ThanksHealthHero

They are doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers who selflessly serve their communities, often with little access to resources and sometimes at great risk to their own lives. This campaign pays tribute to their courage, dedication and sacrifice. Join us, between World Humanitarian Day and the World Humanitarian Summit, as we send messages of thenaks to health heroes around the world, using the hashtag #ThanksHealthHero.


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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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Human rights in the new Global Strategy

Published in the Special Supplement of the British Medical Journal in September 2015
"By recognising the centrality of human rights, the revised Global Strategy encourages some bold shifts in improving the health and wellbeing of women, children, and adolescents..." say Jyoti Sanghera and colleagues

Leaving no one behind on the path to achieving the SDGs

Dr Veronica Magar's commentary, September 2015
"Identifying which groups are disadvantaged and excluded is the first step in adressing health inequalities."

Getting finance to work for women and children

Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General
"...without adequate financing the poorest and more marginalized people around the world will continue do forfeit good health."

Gender, equity and human rights in the Sustainable Development Goals

SDGs discussed at the Human Rights Council, Geneva, September 2015
"Health is at the centre of the third SDG, to Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”

Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Opening of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council
".... I implore decision-makers in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific – as well as Europe – to take swift action to establish effective and principled migration governance."

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