Gender, women and health

International Women's Day 2011 - 8 March 2011

100 years of International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates women's economic, political and social achievements and is an opportunity to renew calls for gender equality and women's empowerment. In honour of the 100 year anniversary, over the last eight weeks, WHO invited people all over the world to submit their opinions on the greatest achievements in women's health over the past century. Submissions from many countries around the world make up this photo story.


The photo story is not a chronological or comprehensive account of events, nor is it a listing of individuals. Rather, it highlights some achievements that have improved the lives and health of women and girls.


Looking forward, there are continued challenges and barriers that women and girls face in protecting their health. Concerted action to address these barriers will be critical to further progress.

Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

This year's theme — "Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women" — recognizes the impact access to education and employment have on improving the lives of women.

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Gender, Equity and Human Rights
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