Gender, women and health

59th Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing Declaration + 20

WHO calls for action in equity, accountability and quality of care to improve women’s health

9 - 20 MARCH 2015 | NEW YORK, USA - The 59th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women looked back on the past 20 years since commitments were made to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995. Some 8,600 representatives, including more than 1,100 non-governmental organizations, representatives from government and UN agencies including WHO, highlighted remaining gaps to achieve the 1995 Declaration. In its address, WHO called for a focus on equity, accountability and quality of care.

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action turn 20

8 March 2015 | GLOBAL - As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, global partners are gathered at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Womenin New York to take stock of progress in achieving progress towards the ‘1995 Beijing Platform for Action’. Born of a ground-breaking global commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment, the Platform includes five strategic objectives to improve women’s health: increased access to health care; strengthened prevention; gender-sensitive programming and increased resources dedicated to women’s health.

Gender, equity and human rights at the core of the health response


1 May 2012 -- As part of the current reform process, the World Health Organization has launched a new approach to promote and facilitate the institutional mainstreaming of gender, equity and human rights, building upon the progress that has already been made on these areas at all three levels of the Organization.


Strengthening capacity to address harmful health effects of gender

Over the past five years, WHO's Gender, Women and Health Network has been piloting and developing practical capacity building materials to assist in the progressive mainstreaming of gender considerations in health sector activities. The Gender Mainstreaming Manual for Health Managers: a practical approach serves as the core capacity building manual, with a range of tools available to support national teams to identify and address gender and health inequities. Tools and strategies fit within the overall framework of the WHO Gender Strategy.


Gender, Equity and Human Rights