International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Strengthening the medico-legal response to sexual violence
25 November 2015 - Coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and kicking off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, WHO has launched a toolkit to strengthen the medico-legal response to sexual violence in low-resource and conflict-affected settings. Women face a pervasive risk of violence, with estimates suggesting that 1 in 3 women globally will experience intimate partner and/or sexual violence by non-partners in their lifetime. A multi-sectoral approach to prevent and respond to this issue is key to achieving assistance and justice for victims of violence and ensuring the health and integrity of all women and girls everywhere.
Universal health coverage (UHC) is a critical component of the new Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 3 which calls for ensuring healthy lives for all. Making progress towards UHC truly universal involves anchoring it in the right to health in order to provide coverage to all people, including vulnerable and marginalized individuals. The policy brief “Anchoring universal health coverage in the right to health: What difference would it make?” examines the gaps that exist between the efforts to realize the right to health and the efforts towards achieving UHC. Addressing these gaps would unmask exclusions and ensure policies are devised to allow all individuals to be included in the health system and fulfil the human right to health.
The World Health Organization is pleased to announce its support to the International Geneva Gender Champions. This initiative, led by the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Permanent Mission of the United States, is a leadership network that brings together female and male decision-makers to break down gender barriers. Forty diplomatic missions and twenty international organizations based in Geneva, including WHO, have signed on as Champions and have taken the Gender Panel Parity Pledge which aims to increase representation of female experts in panels.
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.
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