Gender, equity and human rights

Gender, equity and human rights at WHA70

Picture of a woman and young boy extracted from the event flyer

Join us for an official side event at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Date: Friday, 26 May 2017
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XXIV, United Nations, Geneva


H.E. Mr. Hans Brattskar, Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN


Creating enabling policy environments for leaving no one behind

  • Dr Carmen Castillo Taucher, Minister of Health, Republic of Chile
  • Dr Ayush Tsogtsetseg, Minister of Health, Mongolia

Knowing who is being left behind and why

  • Dr Siswanto, Head of National Health Research and Development, Republic of Indonesia
  • Dr Francisco Mbofana, National Director for Public Health, Republic of Mozambique

Strengthening national health programmes to leave no one behind

  • Dr Naresh Pratap Kc, Director of Family Health Division, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
  • Dr Soon-Young Yoon, Chair of the Board at WEDO, UN representative for the International Alliance of Women, First Vice-President of the Conference of NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN (CoNGO)
  • Dr Veronica Magar, Team Leader, Gender, Equity and Human Rights, WHO/HQ

Objective: The side event promotes country-to-country exchange on concrete and operational approaches to "leave no one behind" in the Sustainable Development Goals relevant to health, serving as a platform to present experiences in strengthening equity, gender and human rights in national health policies, strategies, programmes, and information systems.

Background: In line with decisions in the World Health Assembly, as well as the WHO 12th Programme of work, and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the global principle of "leave no-one behind", Member States including Norway, Chile, Indonesia, Nepal, Mongolia, Mozambique, Canada, and Spain have worked with WHO to promote increased focus on equity, gender and rights in health policies, strategies, programmes and information systems. Drawing on principles of rights-based approaches to health such as transparency, equality and non-discrimination, participation, and accountability, a range of approaches taken by Member States to "leave no one behind" will be shared . These include Health Inequality Monitoring, use of Innov8 (an approach for reviewing health programmes that originated in Chile and has been further developed and brought to a number of Member States) and integration of equity-oriented, rights-based, and gender responsive approaches into national health planning processes. The side event will also give WHO an opportunity to share an overview of its resources to support national health authorities with a "leave no one behind" focus.

Expected results: "Leaving no one behind" is often thought of as a lofty goal or principle; this side event aims to showcase specific actions and approaches to operationalize it. It identifies a range of things that national authorities can do, and shares challenges and opportunities. It also will raise awareness of tools and approaches (HEAT, Innov8, and others) to support a leaving no one behind focus, and emphasize the role of international partnership in this.

Translation will be available in English, Spanish and French. Refreshments will be served.