Gender in health and development

A group of smiling women at a gender in health and development event The gender in health and development programme supports countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to achieve gender and health equity. The goal is health for all. Gender-equitable health policies and programmes increase the coverage and effectiveness of health service delivery for all men, women, boys and girls by identifying and addressing their differential needs and constraints in attaining optimal health.

The work of the gender in health and development programme includes strengthening institutional and national capacities, readiness and mechanisms to formulate, implement and monitor gender-equitable health policies, strategies and plans. Increasing information and evidence on achieving gender and health equity is another core function of the programme.


8 March 2015 – The theme of International Women's Day 2015 was chosen to highlight the need for an equitable representation of women and girls in decision-making processes;  in different...

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Workshop on gender-based violence, 30 May–2 June

Violence against women, also known as gender-based violence is an issue of public health concern. It is any harmful act, physical, sexual and/or emotional, perpetrated against a person’s will, and has...

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8 March 2012 – International Women's Day is a reminder that universal human rights cannot be achieved without the equal participation, and equal opportunities for development, of women around the...

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In focus

Capacity-building in gender analysis in health facilitates the development and implementation of gender-sensitive health policies and programmes. WHO ensures that expertise and capacity to undertake gender analysis and planning exists...

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An interagency (UNFPA, UNHCR, WHO) capacity-building workshop was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 28 to 30 November 2011 on gender-based violence data collection in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The workshop focused on ethical data collection...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre/Knowledge Hub for Capacity Development in HIV Surveillance (Zagreb) organized a three-day workshop on...

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