Gender, Equity and Human Rights

WHO South-East Asia UNiTE to End Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence Campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and concludes on 10 December, Human Rights Day. In her official statement, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO SEARO Regional Director urged all staff and stakeholders to show their commitment to ending gender-based violence as the health sector plays a pivotal role in responding to the needs of victims/survivors, especially for those who are most marginalized.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Commencement of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence Campaign

25 November – 10 December 2017
Each year on 25 November, the United Nations campaign ‘UNiTE to End Violence against Women’ starts. The 16 days of activism calls for global action to increase awareness and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions on violence against women and girls.
Gender-Based Violence is a significant public health concern in the South-East Asia Region and has numerous consequences for the health and well-being of women and girls. Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and an important public health issue.

Multi-Sectoral Services to Respond to Gender-Based Violence against Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific

28-30 June 2017 Bangkok, Thailand
A Joint meeting of UNFPA, UN Women, UNODC and World Health Organization’s Regional office for South-East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean Region on multisectoral services to respond to gender-based violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific was held in Bangkok, Thailand during 28-30 June 2017.
A total of 134 participants from Ministries of health, justice, police, social services, and women’s ministry/commissions, other stakeholders including NGOs/INGOs, UN agencies, donors and development partners supporting provision of essential services and prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Asia and the Pacific, participated in this meeting.
The main objective of the meeting was to strengthen the multisectoral response to gender-based VAWG in context of the Global plan of action on health systems response to VAWG and to introduce the Essential Services Package for women and girls subject to violence.
Coordinated national action plans were developed by the country teams to undertake coordinated activities and monitoring of VAWG.

International Women’s Day 2017

Empower women in the workplace, advance health and development across South-East Asia
8 March 2017 - Workforce participation and economic empowerment is a powerful tool for women to achieve greater control of their health and wellbeing. Women that work and are economically empowered tend to be better placed to make critical life choices, including on reproduction. They are also more likely to be able to seek out and access health care for themselves and their families.

On International Women’s Day, let’s commit to a brighter, healthier future for girls and women. Let’s commit to empowering women in the workplace and advancing health and development across the South-East Asia Region.


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