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Women have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. The enjoyment of this right is vital to their life and well-being their ability to participate in all areas of public and private life.

  • An update on WHO's work on female genital mutilation (FGM)
    http://www.who.int/ ] Languages: English  
    Studies indicate that the practice of FGM has changed in a number of ways. Most encouragingly, the practice is declining. This can be observed when looking at data from countries in which at least two surveys are available, showing that the prevalence has reduced in a number of countries. Progress report, WHO, 2011.

  • Keeping Promises, Measuring Results (advance copy)
    http://www.who.int/ ] Languages: English  
    The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health presented an advance copy of its final report, Keeping Promises, Measuring Results. The report recommends a ten-point accountability framework to increase the likelihood that the US$ 40 billion pledges made towards the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health are honoured and spent in the most effective way to save lives. At the briefing, Norway pledged US$ 9.5 million to back the recommendations in developing countries, but Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, stressed that "domestic investment is the most important thing in development". The Commission was established by WHO at the request of the UNSG who will now receive the report since the work across a high-level group of global leaders and health experts has come to an end. United Nations, 2011.

  • Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda
    (WHO, 2009)

    http://www.who.int/ ]
    Languages: Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish  
    Despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in older age, says a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda. The report provides the latest and most comprehensive evidence available to date on women's specific health needs and challenges over their life-course, from birth to older age. WHO, 2009.

  • Women and Health (UN Radio)
    http://www.unmultimedia.org/ ] Languages: English  
    The World Health Organisation says women are being denied access to health care at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in older age. In a new report on Women and Health, WHO says although, women provide the bulk of health care services at home and community level, in many countries, the health care system continues to fail to address their specific health needs throughout their lives. Patrick Maigua Reports from Geneva. UN Radio, 2009.

  • WHO: Department of Gender and Women's Health (GWH)
    www.who.int ] Languages:  English 

  • WHO: Gender, Women and Health Network
    www.who.int ] Languages:  English 
    The Gender, Women and Health Network (GWHN) is composed of the WHO Department of Gender and Women's Health (GWH) and gender focal points and/or units located at Headquarters and in WHO's six Regional Offices.
    To subscribe to the newsletter of the WHO Gender, Women and Health Network, go to: http://www.who.int/gender/listserv/en/index.html

  • WHO: Women's Health
    www.who.int ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish 
    Links to descriptions of activities, reports, news and events on this topic

  • Renew - The Campaign to End Fistula
    www.endfistula.org ] Languages:  English | French 
    Obstetric fistula is a devastating injury of childbearing that leaves women with agonising pain, chronic incontinence and - in most cases - a stillborn baby. The global Campaign to End Fistula currently covers more than 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Arab region. The goal is to make fistula as rare in developing countries as it is in the industrialized world. UNFPA, 2006

  • WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence Against Women (September 2005)
    www.who.int ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish 
    WHO study analysing data from interviews with over 24,000 women in countries representing diverse cultural, geographical and urban/rural settings - Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, Peru, Namibia, Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Thailand and the United Republic of Tanzania. The study uncovers the forms and patterns of violence against women across these locations and finds that violence from intimate male partners is a major contributor to women's ill-health.

  • Online Discussion: Women and Health (including Reproductive Health, AIDS and Human Rights)
    www.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    From October 2004 to January 2005, WomenWatch hosted a series of online discussions on the Platform's critical areas of concern and other important issues to provide input into the review and appraisal of the Bejing Declaration and Platform for Action. All postings and background notes are available for reading as archived online discussion.

  • WHO/PAHO: Gender and public health series
    www.paho.org ] Languages:  English 
    Publications series

  • WHO: The World Health Report
    www.who.int ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish 
    World Health Report archives since 1995

  • Women and Health: Mainstreaming the Gender Perspective into the Health Sector
    www.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    Information on an Expert Group Meeting organized by DAW in collaboration with WHO and UNFPA, 28 September - 2 October 1998

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