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Women and Health
(including Reproductive Health, AIDS and Human Rights)

10 November - 21 January 2005

Moderated by WHO, UNFPA and UNAIDS


We welcome you to participate in an online discussion on "Women and Health (Including Reproductive Health, AIDS and Human Rights)" conducted by WHO, UNFPA and UNAIDS.

Your inputs will contribute to the review and appraisal of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women (1995) and the Outcome of the twenty-third Special Session of the General Assembly (2000) [Beijing +5], to be undertaken by the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women during its forty-ninth session from 28 February to 11 March 2005.

We would like to hear from civil society entities, non-governmental organizations, women's activists, faith based organizations, women's groups, United Nations entities, academics, policy makers, national machineries for the advancement of women, practitioners in fields of gender equality research and practice, professional organizations of/and healthcare providers, people living with HIV/AIDS and other members of the international community.

Click here for Background Information.

The Millennium development goals (2000), the UNGASS for HIV/AIDS (2001) and ICPD +10 (2004) have added new perspectives to the objectives of women and health of the Beijing Declaration and +5.

Have we been able to forge those necessary alliances for the health and wellbeing of an under-serviced, neglected group called women? Have the very many voices who articulated their demands on women's health needs at the Beijing meeting and +5 gone quiet? The answer is No! Not until it happens as it should. We do hope to come to some consensus that could be carried on to the report.

The themes for the discussions will be as follows:

  1. Women and Health (Health Systems Issues, General and Non-Reproductive Health Issues)
  2. Women, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS
  3. Rights and Needs of Women Affected by or Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS
Theme Weeks and sub themes

(Health Systems Issues, General and Non-Reproductive Health Issues)
10 November to 2 December, 2004

[ Moderated by WHO/GWH (Department of Gender, Women and Health) ]

Week 1: Women and Health (General and Health Systems Issues)

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  • Health Services for Women
  • Men's Role in Women's Health
  • Women as Caregivers
  • Issues Affecting Older Women

Week 2: Women and Communicable Diseases (Non-Reproductive Health)

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  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Other Diseases /conditions

Week 3: Women and Non-Communicable Diseases

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  • Women, Mental Health and Drugs (Including Tobacco and Alcohol)
  • Anaemia, Malnutrition
  • Women and Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (e.g.- Cardiac Disease and Diabetes)
  • Occupational and Environmental Health

3 December 2004 to 9 January 2005

[ Moderated by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) ]

Week 1: Reproductive and Sexual Health, Human Rights Based Approach and Culturally-Sensitive Programming

  • Reproductive and Sexual Health as a Human Right
  • Addressing culture, religion and dominant gender ideologies, as well as beliefs about young people and reproduction/sexuality, in the context of women's health (what supports women's health, what are obstacles/harmful practices to women's health, how to convert/go round obstacles)

Week 2: Safe Motherhood, Family Planning, Life-cycle reproductive and sexual health issues and Quality of Care

  • Safe motherhood
  • Family Planning
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health issues for older women
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health issues for young people
  • Quality of care in reproductive health care services

Week 3: a) HIV/AIDS and STIs, and b) Male Responsibility and Support for Women's Health and Rights

  • a) Gender issues in HIV/AIDS and STIs transmission, effects, and treatment
    Integration of STIs and HIV/AIDS into reproductive health and primary health care services
    Prevention issues
  • b) Male responsibility and support for women's sexual and reproductive health and rights

10 January to 21 January 2005

[ Moderated by UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) ]

Week 1: Rights and Needs of HIV Positive Women and Women/Girls Vulnerable to HIV

  • Right to information and the means to adequately protect oneself and one's children from HIV
  • Right to sexuality (marriage, safe childbirth,counselling)
  • Right to own and inherit land and property
  • Right to education and information about self /partner/safe pregnancy/treatment options
  • Right to safety - Protection from intimate partner and other violence

Week 2: Part A- Care and Support Needs of HIV Positive Women

  • Equal access to care and treatment
  • Treatment literacy for women
  • Protection against stigma and discrimination
  • Food security
  • GIPA (greater involvement of PLWHA and particularly women living with HIV in shaping policies and programmes which affect their lives, in drug and vaccine trials, counselling jobs and HIV related programmes)

Week 2: Part B -Support for Caregivers

  • women as caregivers in home-based and community-based care settings

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