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Women’s Health—What’s New Worldwide: Human Rights and Gender Equality in Health Sector Strategies: How to Assess Policy Coherence

Citation

Kirtley, Shona & Thorp, John M., Jr. (2011). Women’s Health—What’s New Worldwide: Human Rights and Gender Equality in Health Sector Strategies: How to Assess Policy Coherence. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 118(10), 1279-1281.

Abstract

This tool, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been designed to be used as a roadmap by policymakers in countries that are undergoing the process of implementing a national health strategy to ensure that any strategy developed is aligned with the relevant clauses contained in international human rights and gender equality treaties. The tool consists of three parts: conceptual approaches of the tool; practical guidance on how to use the tool; and analysis tables. The analysis tables list questions regarding key obligations and commitments to human rights and gender equality and set out a framework to aid promotion of human rights and gender equality within national health strategies. The document states that more than 80% of WHO member states have endorsed four or more of the nine international treaties concerning international human rights. However, women’s human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive rights, continue to be ineffectively upheld and remain controversial with widely divergent religious and cultural viewpoints.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2011.03124.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2011

Journal Title

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Author(s)

Kirtley, Shona
Thorp, John M., Jr.