Gender, Equity and Human Rights

International Women’s Day - 8 March 2018

In the WHO South-East Asia Region and beyond, more than half the population – women – face what is often egregious discrimination. Discrimination in education and the opportunity to learn to read and write. Discrimination in access to nutrition and the chance to grow healthy and strong. And discrimination in the workplace, where women can be subjected to unwanted advances or have their work undervalued or unpaid.

WHO South-East Asia UNiTE to End Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence Campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and concludes on 10 December, Human Rights Day. In her official statement, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO SEARO Regional Director urged all staff and stakeholders to show their commitment to ending gender-based violence as the health sector plays a pivotal role in responding to the needs of victims/survivors, especially for those who are most marginalized.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Commencement of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence Campaign

25 November – 10 December 2017
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. Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and an important public health issue.

Multi-Sectoral Services to Respond to Gender-Based Violence against Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific

28-30 June 2017 Bangkok, Thailand
A Joint meeting of UNFPA, UN Women, UNODC and World Health Organization’s Regional office for South-East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean Region on multisectoral services to respond to gender-based violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific was held in Bangkok, Thailand during 28-30 June 2017.
A total of 134 participants from Ministries of health, justice, police, social services, and women’s ministry/commissions, other stakeholders including NGOs/INGOs, UN agencies, donors and development partners supporting provision of essential services and prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Asia and the Pacific, participated in this meeting.

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