WHO/Europe launches new report on women’s health and well-being in Europe

Women are in focus as the 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe considers the Strategy on women’s health and well-being in the WHO European Region. The new report “Women’s health and well-being in Europe: beyond the mortality advantage” supports the Strategy with key facts. It shows the impact of gender-based inequalities interacting with social, economic and environmental determinants, and looks at how people-centred health systems can respond to women’s needs throughout the life-course. The Strategy and the report are meant to support countries in their commitments to advance women’s health, made through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.

To provide background to the Strategy, the new report:

  • presents a snapshot of women’s health in the Region;
  • discusses the social, economic and environmental factors that determine women’s health and well-being;
  • focuses on the impact of gender-based discrimination and gender stereotypes;
  • considers how people-centred health systems could respond to women’s needs; and
  • outlines important perspectives for the international and national frameworks that govern women’s health and well-being in Europe.