Gender, equity and human rights

Human rights and health

Human rights underpin much of WHO’s work, providing strategies and solutions to redress the inequalities, discriminatory practices and unjust power relations that often underlie inequitable health outcomes.

Women on the move: Migration, care work and health

A global paradox is emerging in which care workers - who are largely migrant women, often working in informal home settings - make a considerable contribution to public health in many countries but are themselves exposed to health risks, face barriers to accessing care, and enjoy few labour and social protections. WHO has produced a report to shed light on a particular population group that both provides care as well as needs it to maintain their own health and well-being.

Innov8 approach for reviewing national health programmes

The Innov8 approach is a resource that supports the operationalization of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) commitment to “leave no one behind”. It is an 8-step analytic process undertaken by a multidisciplinary review team. It results in recommendations to improve programme performance through concrete action to address health inequities, support gender equality and the progressive realization of universal health coverage and the right to health, and address critical social determinants of health.


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GenderTo ensure that different groups of women and men, boys and girls, have equal opportunities to achieve their full health potential.

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EquityTo enhance fairness in the distribution of health across populations.

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Human rightsTo produce greater health outcomes through the advancement of the right to health and other health-related human rights.

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New! Job and consultancy opportunities

Gender is an important determinant of health inequities in three interlinked domains: the intersection of gender and other social determinants of health; the impact of gender on health behaviours; and the gendered nature of health system responses. If that challenges your professional curiosity, you might be interested in a 12-month consultancy. Deadline for applications: 15 December 2018.

The Gender, Equity and Human Rights (GER) Team is seeking a consultant with the overall purpose of providing scientific and technical support for the Team’s work to: a) Formulate a strategy for integrating gender (and intersectionality) analysis and actions into the work of WHO; b) Operationalize the strategy; c) Prepare a five-year research agenda for equity-gender-human rights. Deadline for applications: 20 December 2018.

Facts and features

Photo story: Snapshots of inequalities

People have vastly different stories to tell about their health depending on a variety of social determinants.

Frequently asked questons on health and sexual diversity

This FAQ defines terms, highlights key issues and underscores the UN’s commitment to gender identity and sexual diversity.

Gender, equity and human rights team newsletter

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