BMJ Collection on Women’s Health and Gender Inequalities: 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action

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    Michelle Remme

    In 2020, it will be a quarter of a century since the international community adopted the visionary Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on Women, which was a landmark global policy framework for the realisation of the human rights of women and girls and the promotion of gender equality in 12 areas, including women’s health; violence against women; the human rights of women; and a focus on the girl child. In addition, gender mainstreaming was adopted as a key strategy to expand and scale up efforts to promote gender equality through multi-sectoral and whole-of-society approaches.

    The proposed collection aims to reflect on the 25 years of progress on women’s health since the Beijing Platform for Action, the role of women as providers of health care, what we have learned and need to build on. It seeks to set a forward-looking agenda for accelerating the achievement of SDG targets that are relevant to the health of women, considering the new emerging priority areas in global health, and how the field can and needs to respond to the multiple transitions and transformations within and beyond health systems. The intended audience of this supplement is not only health policy-makers and practitioners, but donors, professional health associations, public health researchers and the implementers of health programmes for and with women.

    The series will be co-led for content by UNU-IIGH and WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Lead authors and co-authors will include key thought leaders in the area of women’s health and gender inequalities. The series will include provocative rethinking of how we approach women’s health and gender inequality in the future, drawing on successes and failures of the last 25 years, and evidence-based strategies that would enable real change. 

  • Team leader: Dr Michelle Remme (