Gender, women and health

International Women's Day - 8 March 2010

Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all

IWD 2010 poster

The theme for International Women's Day this year "Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all" re-emphasizes that equal rights and opportunities lead to improved health outcomes for women and girls.

Discrimination towards women and girls, or what is known as gender-based discrimination, is one of the most pervasive human rights violations. It severely limits the ability of women, girls and the communities they live in to protect and promote their health.

WHO response




Gender, Equity and Human Rights