Gender, Equity and Human Rights

Mainstreaming gender, equity and human rights in the work of WHO

WHO’s reform process calls for more effective mainstreaming of cross-cutting priorities of Gender, Equity and Human Rights in the work of WHO. The objective is to create an enabling environment at all levels for the understanding and incorporation of Gender, Equity and Human Rights in the designing, planning an implementation of activities, projects and programmes.

Sixty-third meeting of the Regional Director with the WHO Representatives

The WHO Director-General had decided to prioritize the mainstreaming of gender, equity and human rights in the work of WHO. During the 2011 meeting of the WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia with WHO Representatives of Member countries of the Region, a synergistic business approach was proposed to the institutional mainstreaming of gender, equity and human rights at all levels of WHO. It is expected that the mainstreaming will enhance efficiency and effectiveness in support of WHO reform objectives, and create learning opportunities relevant to future mainstreaming of other organizational priorities.

Successful mainstreaming of gender, equity and mainstreaming in the work of WHO would allow for:

  • A coherent and powerful integration of the core values of the Organization, and alignment of WHO's work on these values with other UN organizations (in particular UNIFEM and the Human Rights Council).
  • The incorporation of core components of gender, equity and human rights in WHO’s work in all policies and programmes, and the estimation of impact and research.
  • The creation and enhancement of a corporate attitude, behaviour and practise that is unifying.
  • An engagement in a collective effort geared to generate greater impact of individual programmes.
  • A comprehensive and combined set of principles, standards, methods and tools conducive to increased literacy of WHO staff on these values and skills in order to incorporate them in strategic planning.

Taskforce on mainstreaming gender, equity and human rights

WHO's South-East Asia Regional Office has constituted a task force to support, coordinate and facilitate gender, equity and human rights mainstreaming in the work of all departments and country offices.

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