“Equity must be ‘hard-wired’ into the new agenda, including the protection of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, which is a necessary condition for the full enjoyment of other human rights,” says the report from the High-Level Dialogue on Health, that Task Force Members Gita Sen and Lola Dare attended and addressed as part of the formal agenda.
The report highlights leading Task Force positions as priorities for the next global development agenda – including sexual and reproductive health and rights, comprehensive sexuality education and protection from sexual violence and abuse.
The meeting gathered policy makers, members of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons for Post-2015, representatives from civil society and the private sector, academics, public health experts, and young people to discuss lessons learned and the way forward for health in the post-2015 agenda. The meeting was the culmination of the Global Thematic Consultation on Health, co-convened by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), and supported by the Governments of Botswana and Sweden.
In addition to participation in the Dialogue, the Task Force’s submission to the online consultation highlighted “sexual and reproductive health and rights, as a cornerstone of people’s human rights, health and well-being, and fundamental to the empowerment of women and gender equality across the world.”
It also noted the impact of gender-based violence on reproductive health for women and girls, and called for universal access to quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health services across the life-cycle, comprehensive sexuality education for young people and health-system strengthening.
Task Force Member Lola Dare also co-led the Southern Civil Society e-Consultation on Health, to ensure voices from the global South were well-represented in the Global Consultation. The report from this consultation highlights sexual and reproductive health among the priority issues, and called for a post-2015 agenda rooted in “universal access based on equity, participation, partnership, human rights and human security”.
The final Health Consultation report (due out in April) will inform the High-Level Panel’s recommendations to the Secretary-General in May.