In Focus: Women and Health
This month we focus on women’s health and the significant impact that can be made by increasing access to care and recognizing women’s rights to preventative interventions.Learn more
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From Australia to Jordan, global, regional and national events are taking place in all corners of the globe in the lead up to the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20). Join us, picture a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. More
In the words of...
Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the Foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together, they meet with grantees and partners to further the Foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world. They make many public appearances to advocate for the Foundation’s issues.
Women of achievement
A true pioneer for women in medicine, she attended all boys’ schools throughout her childhood to study science. Dr. Josephine Namboze is East and Central Africa’s first female medical doctor, and the first woman to head an institute of public health in Africa.
The first woman parliamentarian with disabilities in Turkey, Şafak Pavey is a force to be reckoned with. Starting her career as a writer for a Turkish-Armenian publication, she has worked in conflict zones for the United Nations, produced three books, and is a living example of equal rights for all.
Almost 20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women's rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since, but much more needs to be done and can be done. A world in which gender equality is a reality: Picture it!