Today is International #DayOfTheGirl !
When girls are able to
👧 make decisions
👧🏿 stay in school
👧🏽 prevent pregnancies
👧🏻 access health services equally,
they can transform their future, and be the power of change. 
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Progress has been made in the last two decades to ensure every girl 👧🏿👧🏻👧🏼👧🏽 is able to grow and develop in good health, but there is much still to do.
On #DayoftheGirl and every day, let's make the health and wellbeing of girls a priority! Image
On this #DayOfTheGirl , WHO calls for a world where every girl has access to affordable quality health services, and all girls are treated and respected as equals. #HealthForAll Image
Nearly 1⃣ in 4⃣ of adolescent girls who have been in a relationship experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

Here are useful resources on addressing violence against women & girls in the context of #COVID19 👉

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During the #COVID19 pandemic, online and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls continue to be heightened.

On #DayoftheGirl, let's commit to making social media and online spaces safer for girls. Image
Digital media can contribute to education, counselling and care related to sexuality, sexual identity, and sexual relationships among adolescent girls.

Learn more about WHO's work on out-of-school comprehensive sexuality education 👉

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Thank you, Henrietta Lacks!
Today @DrTedros honoured Henrietta Lacks posthumously with a WHO Director-General’s award, acknowledging her story - one of inequity - and recognizing her world-changing legacy to science and health… Image
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer, 70 years ago, on 4 October 1951.
Taken without her consent, her cells have allowed incalculable scientific breakthroughs such as HPV & polio vaccines and #COVID19 research…
Henrietta Lacks' cells, also known as #HeLaCells, became the first “immortal” cell line, allowing numerous scientific breakthroughs.
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To better respond to emergencies countries must:
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#OpenWHO has launched a multi-tiered core curriculum to help equip you with the competencies needed to work within public health emergency response.

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#ClimateCrisis harms our health!

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C isn't only the right thing to do but also a shared responsibility for health.

🆕 WHO #COP26 Special Report explains why 👉 Image
WHO's 10 calls for #ClimateAction❗️

1⃣ Commit to a healthy recovery
2⃣ Place health at the ❤️ of the climate talks
3⃣ Harness the health benefits of climate action
4⃣ Build health resilience to climate risks
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6⃣ Reimagine urban environments/transport/mobility
7⃣ Protect & restore nature
8⃣ Promote healthy, sustainable & resilient #FoodSystems
9⃣ Finance a healthier/fairer/greener future
🔟 Listen to the health community

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