Online Program

Beijing Platform of Action A 20 year review of the progress and challenges in women's health in the context of their human rights

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 8:43 a.m. - 8:56 a.m.

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Amy Ansehl, DNP, FNP-BC, Partnership for a Healthy Population, New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, Valhalla, NY

 The Beijing+20 review process  is to assess how far Member States and other stakeholders have come in implementing the commitments made at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action to date is the most comprehensive global policy framework to achieve the goals of gender equality, development and peace, which world leaders committed to in 12 critical areas of concern.
The prevalence among women of poverty and economic dependence, their experience of violence, negative attitudes towards women and girls, racial and other forms of discrimination, the limited power many women have over their sexual and reproductive lives and lack of influence in decision-making are social realities which have an adverse impact on their health as is the case globally.
This presentation will discuss specific, gender-sensitive health programs, including decentralized health services that address the needs of women throughout their lives which are in place in some regions. The progress and challenges since 1995 to the present in the context of the implementation of the Beijing Platform will be discussed.
Specific examples of the role played by health focused NGOs such as the Medical Women’s International Association and Women deliver in identification and planning of health care programs in addressing women’s health   from a human rights perspective since the past 20 years will be highlighted.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe Beijing platform of action and its significance . Identify the link between women’s health and their human rights . Describe why gender specific policies are crucial in promoting women’s health

Keyword(s): Human Rights, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working in the health industry for the past 28 years in diverse settings , as a physician, professor and public health practitioner. I have presented at many national and international conferences and am widely published.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.