Women's Health & Rights
Young women and girls, ages 10 to 24, account for one-eighth of the world's population. In many countries they are the primary provider for their families, not only taking care of the household but also working outside the home. Yet many do not enjoy basic human rights, including freedom from violence, quality health care, the right to education and the ability to vote, the right to own land or property or the right to decide who or when to marry. Together with key partners, including UN agencies, we are working to make the case that the world’s leaders should invest in the future of women and girls.
PROMOTING SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Every minute in the developing world, a woman dies in childbirth. Twenty or more women experience serious complications and many are left with infections and severe disabilities. Every day, 6,800 people are newly infected with HIV/AIDS — half are under the age of 25 and 60 percent of those are women or girls. Helping provide family planning information, consistent sexual and reproductive health services and access to quality maternal health care will help save millions of lives each year. Learn more »
INVESTING IN ADOLESCENT GIRLS
The situation of adolescent girls is particularly complex. Deep-rooted traditions of patriarchy and the subordination of women and girls make it difficult for adolescent girls to realize their rights in many parts of the world. But by redirecting investments to programs specific to adolescent girls and young women, we can make a real difference. Numerous studies show that investments in adolescent girls' development translate into significant, long-term benefits for entire societies. For example, a year of schooling increases a woman’s income by 10 to 20 percent during her lifetime. Learn more »
STRENGTHENING UN CAPACITY
UN Women and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are two of the UN's key agencies that help promote gender equality, empower women and improve maternal health care (Millennium Development Goals #3 and #5). We work with them on a number of key campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness of the work that the agencies are doing to combat violence against women, provide better maternal health care and promote education and literacy. Learn more »