Friday, October 2, 2015 | News

UN Launches Global Strategy for Women’s Health

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, supported by commitments
from governments, international organizations, the private sector,
foundations, research and academic institutions, and other key civil
society partners, including Ipas. It outlines ambitious yet achievable
targets that offer a roadmap to ending preventable deaths of women,
children and adolescents, including through women’s and girls’ access to
safe abortion care.

The strategy calls for a two-thirds reduction in maternal mortality
due to unsafe abortion and other causes. This target and others were
drawn from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
which was also adopted by governments last week.  Governments have
agreed to 17 global sustainable development goals to eradicate poverty,
take urgent action on climate change, and promote health and gender
equality among other goals for global cooperation over the next 15

Leading up to the UN General Assembly meeting, Ipas, along with other partners, advocated at national, regional and global levels for the inclusion of safe abortion and sexual and reproductive health and rights in these key framework documents.

“We are pleased that collective advocacy resulted in inclusion of
safe abortion and postabortion care in the Global Strategy,” says
Barbara Crane, Executive Vice President for Technical Leadership and
Advocacy at Ipas. “We also welcome the call for universal access to
sexual and reproductive health-care services in the SDGs’ 2030 targets.”

Internationally agreed definitions of reproductive health and guidelines for rights-based and evidence-based interventions include safe abortion in these services.

“Women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights is central to the achievement of health for all, as well as gender equality,” Crane says. “The challenge ahead is to translate these inspiring goals into action.”

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