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Indigenous women’s maternal health and maternal mortality

Sunday, April 1, 2018

UNFPA, UNICEF, and UN Women have developed a fact sheet to highlight the discrimination that indigenous women and adolescent girls face in their efforts to access reproductive health care in many parts of the world. The experiences of indigenous women often lead to health risks and mortality rates that can be more than three times higher than those experienced by non-indigenous women. More

International technical guidance on sexuality education: An evidence-informed approach

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UNESCO, in collaboration with UN Women, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO, published an updated guidance which promotes health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality and the empowerment of children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. More

Eldercare policies in East Asia and Europe: Mapping policy changes and variations and their implications

Friday, December 15, 2017

Adequate and dignified care provision for elderly populations is becoming an urgent policy issue, not only in high-income countries, but also in many middle- and low-income ones. This discussion paper documents and analyses varieties of eldercare policies, and their readjustments, in East Asia and Europe. More

Key barriers to women’s access to HIV treatment: A global review

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

This report was written to highlight the experiences of women living with HIV in accessing treatment and quality care. Led by a Global Reference Group of women living with HIV, this global review uses a gender-responsive and human rights-based framework to explore the various factors that impact women's experience and decision making around treatment. More

Long-term care for older people: A new global gender priority

Friday, December 1, 2017

This brief synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on the gender dimensions of long-term care for older people. It underlines the need to build long-term care systems that are financially and socially sustainable and discusses a set of measures that can be taken to improve the situation of care-dependent older persons as well as their caregivers. More

Issue brief: Making the SDGs count for women and girls with disabilities

Monday, July 3, 2017

In line with several critical areas under thematic review at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017, this issue brief underlines the need to mainstream disability into all efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment (SDG 5); highlights key issues for ending poverty (SDG 1) and ensuring healthy lives (SDG 3) for women and girls with disabilities; and calls for closing data gaps on gender and disability. More

Expanding health-care access in the United States

Monday, July 6, 2015

This paper focuses on ways in which women in the United States have been and will be impacted by the passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It was produced for UN Women's flagship report Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016 and is released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

Championing gender equality and women’s leadership in the HIV response: The experiences of five programme countries

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

This advocacy kit summarizes the results and lessons learned from Cambodia, Jamaica, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Rwanda under the European Commission–UN Women programme, entitled “Supporting Gender Equality in the Context of HIV and AIDS (2009–2013)”. The programme demonstrated transformational changes that can result from targeted investments towards implementing commitments on gender equality in the HIV response and empowering women and girls, especially those living with HIV. More

Reproductive rights are human rights: A handbook for national human rights institutions

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The purpose of this handbook is to provide national human right institutions with tools and guidance on how to integrate reproductive rights into their work. More

Gender matters: Overcoming gender-related barriers to prevent new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The findings of this assessment indicates that gender-related barriers pose significant obstacles to the uptake of services that prevent new HIV infections among children and keep mothers alive—obstacles that require urgent attention. Without dedicated attempts to overcome these gender-related barriers, current efforts will meet with limited success, and the needs and rights of both women and children will remain compromised. More

Women living with HIV speak out against violence

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Violence against women and girls is an unacceptable violation of basic human rights. It also is so widespread that ending it must be a public health priority. An estimated one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner during her lifetime. Intimate partner violence has been shown to increase the risk of HIV infection by around 50 per cent, and violence (and the fear of violence) deters women and girls from seeking services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. More

State of the world population 2012: By choice, not by chance: Family planning, human rights and development

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The State of World Population 2012 explains why family planning is a right, examines the challenges in ensuring that all women, men and young people are able to exercise that right and suggests actions that governments and international organizations can take to give everyone the power and the means to decide freely and responsibly how many children to have and when to have them. More

Political declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS (A/65/L.77)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The High-Level Meeting on AIDS took place in 2011. More than 30 Heads of State, Government and Vice-Presidents attended the meeting. On the final day of the High-Level Meeting on AIDS, UN Member States adopted a resolution which will guide country responses to HIV over the next five years. More

Working towards universal coverage of maternal, newborn and child health interventions

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A progress report to World Health Assembly World Health Organization (WHO), 2011. More

Maternal, infant and young child nutrition: Implementation plan

Thursday, March 24, 2011

This progress report examines a plan to tackle problems of poor nutrition through awareness campaigns and policies involving health, education and agriculture. More

Accelerating universal access to reproductive health: Countries leading the way

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Case studies from Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, and Rwanda: The case studies highlight policy innovations to improve and accelerate access to sexual and reproductive health, improved outcomes, and continuing actions to achieve universal access. More

HIV prevention gains momentum: Success in female condom programming

Saturday, January 1, 2011

This report examines a number of success stories in the fight against HIV. Examples come from countries such as Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Nigeria and the Caribbean region. More

An update on WHO’s work on female genital mutilation (FGM): Progress report

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Studies indicate that the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (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. More

Keeping promises, measuring results (advance copy)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

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 10-point accountability framework to increase the likelihood that the USD $40 billion pledges made towards the Strategy for Women's and Children's Health are honoured and spent in the most effective way to save lives. More

Policy approaches to engaging men and boys in achieving gender equality and health equity

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This document outlines the rationale for using policy approaches to engage men in achieving gender equality, reducing health inequities, and improving women’s and men’s health; offers a framework for integrating men into gender equality policies including in the health sector; and highlights successful policy initiatives addressing men in gender equality and health equality programmes. More

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