ONLINE DISCUSSION: Women and health: How far have we come since Beijing?


Organizer: World Health Organization's Department of Gender, Women and Health, United Nations, and Women Watch
Event dates: 23 November 2009 - 31 January 2010


To contribute to the review of progress, achievements, challenges, gaps, lessons learnt and good practices in the implementation of the BPFA from various perspectives. A report on the discussion outcome will feed into the review and appraisal of the implementation of the BPFA at the 54th session of the Commission for the Status of Women in March 2010.


The moderated discussion on WOMEN and HEALTH will be conducted from 23 November 2009 until 31 January 2010.


Policy-makers from all levels, programmers, UN entities, private foundations, health-care providers, gender and other specialists and practitioners relevant to the theme and civil society from all over the world.

How can you participate?

Or send the following to the moderator Dr. Subidita Chatterjee at

  • your name, address, e-mail, designation and organization and other contact details;
  • whether you would like to engage during discussions on a particular topic or stay on the list throughout the entire discussion;
  • whether you would like to receive:
    • immediate emails, as and when they are posted,
    • daily composite e-mails covering all the topics,
    • only weekly summaries.

If you have a particular theme or topic of expertise, please notify the moderator. It may be possible to involve you as one of the expert panelists.


It has been 15 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) was held in Beijing in 1995. The BPFA highlighted the role of gender equality, development and peace up to 2015 (or next 20 years from now?). The FWCW occurred soon after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) where reproductive health and the rights of women were brought to the fore. The BPFA reaffirmed ICPD and moved further in efforts to assure better lives for the women of the world. The BPFA identified 12 critical areas for priority action. Women & health is one of these critical areas.

In 2000 at the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, further high-level commitments were made by the nations of the world with the Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Even though MDG 3 focuses on gender equality and women's empowerment, it is generally believed that none of the other MDGs can be met without adequate and appropriate attention to gender equality and empowerment and the role of women in their achievements.


Below you will find the topics we propose for discussion. Each week will begin with a short piece followed by questions to the participants to guide and focus the discussion. When possible, we may ask known experts on the theme to present some state-of-the-art information as a way to both inform and stimulate discussions of various perspectives. At the end of each topic, the salient points will be presented as a weekly summary to all participants. A panel of experts will be working with the moderator team to strengthen the technical nature and outcomes of the review.