Gender, Equity and Human Rights

International Women’s Day 2017

Empower women in the workplace, advance health and development across South-East Asia
8 March 2017 - Workforce participation and economic empowerment is a powerful tool for women to achieve greater control of their health and wellbeing. Women that work and are economically empowered tend to be better placed to make critical life choices, including on reproduction. They are also more likely to be able to seek out and access health care for themselves and their families.

On International Women’s Day, let’s commit to a brighter, healthier future for girls and women. Let’s commit to empowering women in the workplace and advancing health and development across the South-East Asia Region.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Each year on 25 November, the United Nations campaign ‘UNiTE to End Violence against Women’ starts. The 16 days of activism calls for global action to increase awareness and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions on violence against women and girls.

Gender-Based Violence is a significant public health concern in the South-East Asia Region and has numerous consequences for the health and well-being of women and girls. Globally, one in four children has been physically abused; one in five girls has been sexually abused. Violence against women and girls is a matter of grave concern for the South-East Asia Region, with 37.7% of ever-partnered women reported having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence at some point in their lives.

Inequality in Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health in Nepal

This post-workshop report presents a summary documentation of participant discussions from a WHO workshop on Measuring and Monitoring Health Inequalities held in April 2014 in Jaipur, India. The aim of the workshop was to assess health inequalities (latest status, change over time and benchmarking) using key reproductive, maternal and child health indicators. In doing so, it was hoped that the workshop would highlight some approaches and tools that may be used for equity monitoring in the SEARO context and highlight the challenges and barriers in measurement and monitoring in the Region.The era of the Sustainable Development Goals has begun. As we usher in the “post-2015 agenda”, our task as health professionals and policy-makers is to ensure that everyone, everywhere, is included, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity or lifestyle, or where they happen to live. Gender, equity and rights are central to this work.

Uncovering health inequalities to leave no one behind

A woman breastfeeds her baby in a dark room in Jakarta, Indonesia.

02 May 2016 – Having a skilled health professional during childbirth can save the life of a woman and her child. But, in many parts of the world and within many countries, the presence of a health worker during childbirth is often a luxury. If a woman is poor, she is even more likely to deliver without support, putting herself and child at risk. To help countries monitor health inequalities, WHO developed a new toolkit called the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit.


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