Technical consultation on the development of a strategy on women’s health in the WHO European Region - Meeting report

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From the 16th to the 17th of December, the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being and the Division for Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course, gathered a group of experts and senior technical staff from the WHO Regional Office for Europe to discuss priorities for action on women's health in Europe. The priorities were identified through the review of evidence collected in the report Beyond the mortality advantage: investigating women's health in Europe. The outcomes of the meeting informed the first draft of the Strategy on Women's Health in the WHO European Region that will be presented for consideration at the 66th Regional Committee of the Regional Office for Europe.

The Strategy will go beyond reproductive and maternal health and focus on what determines women's health. It will aim at reducing health inequities for women throughout the life-course, including actions on strengthening governance for women's health and well -being; on eliminating discriminatory values, norms, practices and behaviors; on tackling the impact of gender, social, economic, cultural and environmental determinants; and on improving health system responses to women.