Afthon Beutler, Worldwide Organisation of Women
Manjit Dosanjh, International Federation of University Women
The Working Group aims at advocating and promoting the Human Rights of Women to Health over their life span and in all aspects of life. It focuses on HIV/AIDS, Women’s reproductive health, adolescent, family, mental and spiritual issues.
Some of the activities of the group in the past 2 years since it was reconstituted include:
- Successful lobbying at the Commission on Human Rights, 2001 and 2002, with particular relation to gender and extreme poverty in the resolutions concerning HIV/AIDS and access to medicines
- Working with UNAIDS in the preparation process for the Special General Assembly on HIV/AIDS in June 2001
- Organizing health discussion during the Preparatory process for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia in Durban, September 2001
- Being a partner in the establishment of a Working Party which aims i) to explore the WHO commitment to spiritual health and ii) to defining the spiritual dimension in health
- Working with the newly established WHO Civil Society Initiative Office to review criteria for formal relations between NGOs and WHO
- Making working links with other NGO fora in the health field. e.g. the NGO Ad Hoc Group on Health Promotion, the NGO Forum for Health, the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network in Africa and the Ecumenical Advocacy Network
- Establishing communication with the members of missions and delegations responsible for health
- Setting up the Ad Hoc “CONGO NGO Forum for Health” in June 2002. This panel will enhance and systemize the NGO response to global health issues.
“I would like to extend to the NGO Committee on the Status of Women my congratulations on the work you and your member organizations do to advance gender equality and women’s participation in decision making in all areas relevant to improving the lives of girls and women. In particular, I acknowledge the important work carried out related to the women’s health.
The organizations of the Committee help create important bridges between the World Health Organization and the girls and women on whose behalf we work. These links allow us to work more effectively to improve the health of girls and women around the world”.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General, World Health Organization