Panel “Gender Equality in Health: Using Evidence, Building Resilience and Transforming Health Care towards Sustainability” – PAHO/WHO

What: International Women’s Day 2022

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. M. (EST). Engage and advocate for increased generation and use of disaggregated data, comprehensive protection of essential health workers, and acceleration of care savings, beyond COVID-19. register here

In 2021, a Generation Equality Global Forum concluded in Paris adopting a bold, action-oriented five-year agenda with commitments and funding pledges. The plan emphasizes accountability and participation as central elements and is catalyzed by 6 coalitions which are chaired by champions, leaders, governments, UN philanthropic organizations and others. The Coalition for Economic Justice and Rights declares as part of its vision: the promotion of non-discriminatory labor markets, free from violence and harassment; a care economy that equitably shares and values ​​care and domestic work; and resilience to economic shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 300 million people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19. In the Americas, infections nearly doubled in early 2022 and health systems continue to be stretched. The impact of infections, which are strongly caused by the Omicron variant, has led to a drop in mortality thanks to vaccination coverage which contributes to saving lives. At the center of the new actions needed to overcome the pandemic is the reminder that the vulnerabilities and risks are many, yet better known and understood today. National responses must aggressively target those most at risk while ensuring full protection of essential health workers and other frontline workers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined its commitment to the Generation Equality Forum as a driver of change to end gender-based violence; advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and support health workers and feminist movements and leaders. With regard to gender equality in the health and care workforce, WHO will concretely advocate for decent and safe working conditions for all health workers, especially women. This includes promoting civil society participation in health systems and Covid-19 response and recovery activities. The foundation of these commitments rests on a strong element of data collection and analysis of gender-disaggregated data.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is also and has been at the forefront of helping to leave no one behind in health, especially women and girls in all their diversity. In honor of the celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, PAHO will organize a virtual event entitled: Gender equality in health: using evidence, building resilience and transforming health care towards sustainability . The aligns closely with the Convention on the Status of Women (CSW) global theme “Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls in the context of gender reduction policies and programs. risks related to climate change, the environment and disasters”.

According to PAHO’s new report “Gender Health Analysis: Covid-19 in the Americas”, COVID-19 has had catastrophic effects on health systems (including health workers) and on the health of people in the Region of the Americas, especially women and girls. , whose conditions have worsened in all respects. The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women, contributing to greater gender inequality in health, which threatens their development and well-being. Join the discussion on the report’s findings and the broader debate on data, resilience and transformation from a gender equality framework.

Transmission by Zoom, Youtube

Simultaneous interpretation (English, Spanish)

This is an open invitation event

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