2010 REGIONAL PREPARATORY MEETING FOR AFRICA ON WOMEN AND HEALTH
A regional preparatory meeting on the theme “Women and Health” was held on 12-13 January 2010 in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting was hosted by the Government of Senegal, in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The meeting was part of the preparatory process for the 2010 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to gender equality and the empowerment of women”.
A broad cross section of regional stakeholders gathered to discuss challenges, trends policies and programmes on women and health in Africa, which faces some of the highest maternal mortality rates and HIV/AIDS rates in the world. Topics addressed by expert panelists included approaches to reducing maternal mortality; scaling up efforts to reduce the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV/AIDS; and empowering women in the political, legal, economic and social spheres to improve their own health. A special session was also held to showcase best practices and new initiatives from across the region.
For more information on the meeting, please contact Mr. Alberto Padova, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN/DESA (+1 212 963-4759, padova at un dot org).