Tuesday
July 6
2021

Analysis: WHO Pledges Extensive Commitments Towards Women’s Empowerment and Health

The World Health Organization announced multiple commitments to drive change for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all their diversity at the Generation Equality Forum, held last week in Paris. The WHO commitments focused on ending gender-based violence; advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights; and supporting health workers as well as feminist movements and leadership. These commitments shape a progressive and transformative blueprint for advancing gender equality, health equity, human rights and the empowerment of women and girls globally.

The Forum, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on Women, came at a critical moment, with COVID-19 having exacerbated existing gender inequalities. WHO led in two key areas of the Forum: the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence (co-led with UN Women and other partners) and the Gender Equal Health and Care Workforce Initiative between France, Women in Global Health and WHO.

Recognizing the health sector has an important role to play in preventing and responding to gender-based violence against women and girls, WHO committed to:

Photo courtesy of Bioversity International.

Source: World Health Organization (link opens in a new window)

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Health Care
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gender equality, global development, health care, healthcare, Women, youth