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Addressing violence against women and achieving millenium development goals

Violence against women hinders progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This document highlights the connections between the MDGs and the prevention of violence against women by showing how: a) working towards the MDGs will reduce violence against women; and b) preventing violence against women will contribute to achieving the MDGs. It provides recommendations to address violence against women and promote progress towards the 8 MDGs.

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Published: January 2005
Integrating gender into HIV/AIDS programmes in the health sector

This tool helps programme managers and health-care providers in the public and private sectors integrate gender into HIV/AIDS programmes they wish to set up, implement and evaluate so they are more responsive to women's needs. It suggests practical actions to address key gender issues in four service delivery areas: 1. HIV testing and counseling; 2. prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; 3. HIV/AIDS treatment and care; 4. home-based care and support for people living with HIV.

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Published: 2009
WHO ethical and safety recommendations for interviewing trafficked women

Intended mainly for researchers, media persons and service providers unfamiliar with the situation of trafficked women, this document aims to build a sound understanding of the risks, ethical considerations, and practical realities related to trafficking of women.

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Published: 2003
Women and health: today's evidence, tomorrow's agenda

Reports on women and health – both women’s health needs and their contribution to the health of societies. Women’s health has long been a concern for WHO but today it has become an urgent priority. This report explains why. Using current data, it takes stock of what we know now about the health of women throughout their lives and across the different regions of the world. The key finding of this report is that, despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies throughout the world continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in older age.

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Published: November 2009
WHO gender policy: Integrating gender perspectives in the work of the WHO

WHO has identified gender as an issue cutting across all of its programmes and activities. In 2002, the Director-General of WHO issued a policy statement highlighting a strong and visible political commitment to promoting gender equity in health.

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Published: January 2002
Strategy for integrating gender analysis and actions into the work of WHO

This document presents the World Health Organization's strategy for integrating gender analysis and actions into its work. It also reproduces resolution WHO60.25 which was adopted by the Sixtieth World Health Assembly in May 2007. The strategy elaborates four strategic directions that aim to enhance and expand WHO's capacity to analyse the role of gender and sex in health and to monitor and address systemic and avoidable gender-based inequalities in health, as follows: building WHO capacity for gender analysis and planning; bringing gender into the mainstream of WHO's management; promoting use of sex-disaggregated data and gender analysis; and establishing accountability. It is intended for all WHO managers, technical and administrative staff because gender is a cross-cutting issue

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Published: 2009
Violence against women and HIV/AIDS: setting the research agenda

Violence and the fear of violence are emerging as an important risk factor contributing to the vulnerability to HIV infection for women. This report of a WHO expert consultation “Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS: Setting the Research Agenda” from 23-25 October 2000 takes stock of existing research in this area, identifies key research questions and priorities as well as as methodological considerations and makes recommendations for further research.

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Published: 2001
Overview of activities: department of gender, women and health

The World Health Organization (WHO)'s department of Gender, Women and Health (GWH) aims to end gender-based inequities in health for women, girls, men and boys. This document provides an overview of the department's strategy, products and services to promote gender equality and women's empowerment across WHO programmes and management functions, to support WHO Member States in mainstreaming gender in national health policies and programmes and to raise public awareness of the contribution of gender equality to optimal health.

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Published: 2008
European Guidelines: Experts say sexuality education should start from birth[1].pdf

These guidelines were developed by a group of 20 experts from 9 European countries under the guidance of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. They provide step-by-step instructions and a detailed matrix to support health and education professionals in their efforts to guarantee children accurate and sensitively presented information about sexuality.

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Published: October 2010
Gender, health and malaria

Malaria remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. A thorough understanding of the gender-related dynamics of treatment-seeking behaviour, as well as of decision-making, resource allocation and financial authority within households is key to ensuring effective malaria control programmes. This information sheet presents evidence about sex, gender and malaria and points out research gaps as well as policy implications.

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Published: June 2007