Women, Global Health and Human Rights

Women’s health globally is dependent on a myriad of factors especially the social determinants. Unfortunately even as the United Nations gears up to celebrate its 75th birthday and 2020 is 25 years of the Beijing Platform For Action , women and girls are subjected to abuse, neglect in many forms. This talk will discuss the challenges faced by women and girls globally and the lack of access to health care including lack of immunization and cultural practices which endorse gender-based violence (namely acid throwing, Female Genital Mutilation, widow cleansing). In Emergency situations whether it is war, civil unrest, or pandemics women are at an increased risk compared to men. Global strategies and partnerships to address the silent global pandemic which is often the term used to describe gender based violence will be discussed and the efforts made by women activists in advancing the human rights of women.