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
Dr. Erna Takazawa is the first and only optometrist in Samoa, and is also one of the first winners of the Queen’s Young Leader Award for her transformative work in eye health. She practices optometry at the National Hospital Service and also serves as the Clinical Director for Samoa’s Special Olympics Opening Eyes Programme.
Asel Sartbaeva is a pioneer, as one of the first internationally recognized female scientists from Central Asia. Her work today focuses on discovering a substance to aid in transport and storage of vaccines without refrigeration. She was short listed for the L’OREAL – UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship for her ground-breaking research on vaccine preservation.
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!