[Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): The previous message was sent without links. Here is the message with links.]
Dear HIFA friends
In the lead-up to the Generation Equality Forum https://forum.generationequality.org/home , The Alliance for Gender Equality and UHC https://www.womeningh.org/uhc-gender (co-convened by Women in Global Health, Women Deliver, Spectra Rwanda and Sama India), the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and UHC2030 https://www.uhc2030.org/ with its Civil Society Engagement Mechanism https://csemonline.net/ are launching a social media campaign to raise awareness on the importance of women’s leadership and universal health coverage (UHC) for women’s rights and gender equality.
UHC is critical for gender equality and women's rights. At the same time, gender equality must also be a foundation of UHC. This entails empowering women: their full and effective participation at all levels is essential to ensure that countries build health systems that address the needs of women and girls and protect everyone, including in efforts to prepare for future pandemics and infectious disease outbreaks.
Women are 70% of the global health workforce (WHO) https://www.who.int/hrh/resources/en_exec-summ_delivered-by-women-led-by... and play an important role in community care. They are essential in delivering UHC and yet make up only 25% of decision makers. This is unacceptable. It is critical that the voices of women form part of health decision-making at all levels, from community to global, to ensure UHC meets the needs and priorities of all. Access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights is a basic human right. And because only gender-responsive and gender-inclusive UHC will meet the needs of all people, for UHC to be truly universal, it must integrate sexual and reproductive health and consider the health needs of women, men and non-binary people throughout their lives.
We hope you will join us in reminding world leaders and activists that we cannot achieve gender equality without prioritizing UHC and investing in health systems for all.
The campaign will run from Monday, 28 June through Wednesday, 30 June.
Follow-us on @UHC2030, #GenderUHC. You can access our joint blog here https://www.uhc2030.org/blog-news-events/uhc2030-blog/an-open-message-to... and our social media toolkit here https://www.uhc2030.org/blog-news-events/uhc2030-events/generation-equal... .
Thank you for your commitment to achieving UHC and leaving no one behind.
on behalf of the Core Team