Gender, women and health

Policy Dialogue and Call to Action for better evidence to improve women's health through gender and health statistics

Place: Washington, DC, United States of America
Date: 25-27 October 2010

Ninety users and producers of gender and health data from all six WHO Regions reached consensus at a Policy dialogue to improve women's health through gender and health statistics. The Call to Action stipulates a number of actions to strengthen the generation and analysis of gender and health data and to use gender and health data better for policy actions.

The WHO Department of Gender, Women and Health (GWH) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the Americas (AMRO) organized the meeting as a direct follow-up to the WHO report Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda, which called for increased attention to the health of women. The report highlighted, among others, the need to advance evidence-based policies to improve the health of women by developing and/or strengthening regional and country capacities to generate, analyse and use gender, equity and women's health data. To take this important agenda forward, the report suggested regional, sub-regional or country policy dialogues.

In addition, the policy dialogue meeting also responded to the WHO Gender strategy and WHO resolution WHA60.25 which explicitly asks WHO to promote the use of sex-disaggregated data and gender analysis as part of strengthening evidence-informed approaches to mainstreaming gender into WHO's work.

  • health information systems’ capacities to generate data relevant to understanding and monitoring gender inequities in health;
  • analysing and interpreting the data from gender and health equity frameworks;
  • making the data accessible, relevant and fit the needs of decision-makers/policy-makers.

Furthermore, working group sessions allowed for technical deliberations on ways forward in regional and country contexts.