The collective pushback on women's health and rights

September 20, 2019

The Editors urge advocates to “produce a stronger, more visible, and unified approach against the conservatism that is slowly eroding women's rights”. Women's movements have historically taken this exact approach, and continue to do so, forming alliances globally to resist attacks on our rights. Collective action is needed to fight pervasive threats to girls' and women's health and rights; many groups have long led such action. The newly formed Alliance for Gender Equality and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) comprises more than 100 civil society organisations from more than 43 countries. The Alliance stresses the centrality of gender equality and girls' and women's rights in UHC policy and decision making.

Women's rights will drive universal health coverage.

September 21, 2019

We support Simon Wright and Refiloe Mabjeane,who wrote on behalf of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030, calling for a “radically different approach” to the UN high-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) on Sept 23, 2019. However, a radically different approach means prioritising gender equality and girls and women's health and rights in UHC, and this includes the health workforce.

Opinion: There is no road to UHC without gender equality and women's empowerment

February 01, 2019

The global health community is gearing up for 2019 in full force at the 144th World Health Organization Executive Board meeting. Key gender equality discussions are underway, with WHO transformation and universal health coverage center stage. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom opened the meeting with an optimistic call for change — and despite WHO’s vocal and written commitment to advancing gender equality, concerns were raised that gender-related determinants of health and broader gender equality may once again be left behind.

The women's movement that started with a hashtag

September 17, 2019

MANILA — Tired of seeing men dominating panels and leadership roles in the health sector, four early-career women, complete strangers to each other, connected on Twitter via the hashtag #wgh300 in 2015 contemplating the question: How to change the reality for women in health?

Opinion: Time to let a woman lead the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office

May 14, 2018

The WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office is gearing up to elect its new regional director in the lead-up to next week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva. In the WHO’s headquarters, the 2017 election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus promised a new approach and renewed focus on gender equality both in WHO’s leadership and programming — an approach based on the understanding that gender equality is smart global health. While gender parity has been achieved in leadership at WHO headquarters, it has not been matched by similar progress in all regional levels....

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