On International Women’s Day, A Call For Global Community To Address Gender Inequalities In Health

“If we wish to truly advance the health and rights of women globally, we must give them the tools they need to protect their own health,” Renate Baehr, executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW); Margie McGlynn, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI); and Zeda Rosenberg, CEO of the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), write in a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog. “Yet, while the benefits of investing in women — and their health in particular — are well-established and far-reaching, less progress has been made over the past decade toward attaining Millennium Development Goals that address women’s health and gender equality than virtually every other goal,” they continue, adding, “This International Women’s Day, we call on the global community to recommit to investing in new preventive tools and health technologies for women” (Lufkin, 3/8).