Gender, equity and human rights

International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

17 MAY 2016 - The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda imagines a world that reflects equity with universal respect for human dignity and pledges to leave no one behind. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals, who currently face high rates of physical and mental health issues and reduced access to medical and social services. In observance of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May), WHO has developed an FAQ on sexual diversity and health, which defines terms, highlights key issues and outlines UN positions related to gender identity and sexual diversity.

Global strategy for women's, children's and adolescents' health

May 2016 - The survival, health and well-being of women, children and adolescents are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The May 2016 issue of the WHO Bulletin includes a special collection of articles devoted to the implementation of the WHO Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Making progress towards the Strategy's objectives, which are driven by a strong emphasis on gender and human rights, can secure a healthy and transformative future for all women, children and adolescents in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Uncovering health inequalities: A path towards leaving no one behind

Young Indonesian woman breastfeeding her baby
WHO/Anna Kari

May 2016 -- Uncovering and targeting inequalities that exist between and within countries is essential to ensuring that the most disadvantaged populations have the same access to and quality of health care as the richest populations. WHO's new tool, the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), enables health professionals and researchers to explore and compare the state of inequalities in their countries in order to better set priorities and establish equity-oriented policies, programs and interventions.

“A ruined planet cannot sustain human lives in good health"

3 MARCH 2016 - “A ruined planet cannot sustain human lives in good health,” said WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan in her keynote address at a panel discussion on climate change and the right to health during the United Nations Human Rights Council. Delegates from United Nations Member States convened in Geneva, Switzerland for the 31st session of the Council, listening to Dr Chan’s call for a human rights-based approach that would put people’s health at the centre of the discussion on climate change, an approach that “provides an entry point for holding countries accountable for their international obligations on climate change.”

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1 in 3women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from her partner;

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99%of maternal deaths occur in developing countries

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100 millionpeople globally are pushed below the poverty line every year as a result of health care expenditure

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Sustainable Development Goals

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Global strategy for women's, children's and adolescents' health (2016-2030)

Making progress towards the Strategy's objectives, which are driven by a strong emphasis on gender and human rights, can secure a healthy and transformative future for all women, children and adolescents in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Gender, health and the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Veronica Magar's commentary, November 2015
"It is time to build upon hard-won accomplishments of gender and women’s health with an expanded social justice perspective."

Inside the Human Rights Council

The Universal Periodic Review

Ensuring UN Member States fulfil their human rights obligations and commitments

“A ruined planet cannot sustain human lives in good health"

“We need fairness. We need justice. And we need global solidarity.” Read the WHO Director-General's keynote address to the Human Rights Council

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