25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action aimed at #GenderEquality much of the agenda remains unfinished.

Progress in ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฐโ€™s health remains fragile & uneven:
While progress was made inโ†˜๏ธmaternal mortality & harmful gender practices like Female Genital Mutilation, millions of women have an unmet need for contraception. Sexual & reproductive health conditions represent 1 of the ๐Ÿ”‘ causes of disease for ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ & ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿพ

โ†—๏ธ rates of reproductive cancers, mental ill-health, non-communicable diseases & new disease outbreaks incl. Ebola, Zika and #COVID19, are highlighting the need to have a comprehensive approach to womenโ€™s health throughout their life-course.

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Violence against women and girls remains a widespread human rights abuse and threat to womenโ€™s health worldwide. Gender-based violence continues to rise during the #COVID19 pandemic.

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The health of women ๐Ÿ™Žโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿพ, who make up 1/2 of the ๐ŸŒ population cannot be treated as an afterthought.

Governments must walk the talk on #GenderEquality by allocating budgets and resources, and prioritizing womenโ€™s health as part of #HealthForAll.

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Investing in womenโ€™s health is a smart investment, with up to a 9-times return on investment through better educational attainment, work force participation and social contributions.

๐Ÿ‘‰ bit.ly/2TsKe31
Progress on womenโ€™s health has been uneven, but by working together, we can create a better and healthier world for women and for all
- @DrTedros

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