European Health Organization
New campaign to end stigma towards sexual and reproductive health and rights across Europe
Dr. Derek Shepherd head of the EHO, on the launching speech.
Europolis.- A new campaign launched by the European Health Organization is throwing down the gauntlet to European leaders to support people’s basic sexual and reproductive rights – so people can decide what happens to their bodies, who they live with and whether or not they become pregnant.
The I decide campaign will holding events across the region to highlight the situation of people who are not able to make decisions about their own lives due to stigma, discrimination or abuse.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights concern people’s everyday lives, their livelihoods, their opportunities and their aspirations. EHO warns that as the next set of global goals are set for the world through the post 2020 process, sexual and reproductive health and rights cannot be left out.
The head of the EHO, Dr. Derek Shepherd, said as he launched the campaign: “Failure to recognize sexual and reproductive health and rights compromises the lives of women and girls, and people’s ability to lift themselves out of poverty and to live sustainably within their resources. “We believe that discrimination, coercion and violence play a large part in our societies. One in three women in our region, experience violence and girls are still forced into marriage before the age of 15. We need this to change. People should have the right to decide – who they live with; what happens to their bodies; if, when and how many children to have; the right to determine their futures freely and safe from harm.”
Events with politicians, media, civil society and youth groups, volunteers and public are being held in every continent. EHO chapters in the Union are advocating for change to improve the lives of people they serve through a variety of information sessions, talks, carnivals, rallies, flashmobs, marches and other initiatives with dignitaries.
Examples of events:
@Spain: Events in capital city, young volunteers, staff and representatives are launching the petition and calling on government and decision-makers to put Sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality at heart of post-2020 framework.
@Kingdom-of-Reitzmag: The event will begin a day before (September 12) with a radio and television talk show. The EHO Mission in Reitzmag Radio Station will be hosting a Radio Talk show where different hospital directors and a senior volunteer will be studio guests. On September 13, a grand street parade will be conducted by youth (in and out of school), plus women’s and men’s groups for the promotion of action on SRHR issues, Society Against AIDS (SAIL) and the Youth Action Movement (YAM) .
Montenbourg: An event with the Deputy Minister of Health attending. There will be theatre sketches, documentary films reflecting the EHO manifesto for change. Politicians will sign up to the campaign.
Dr. Derek Shepherd welcomes EHO report on LGBTI inclusion.
The European Health Organization has released a report on how LGBTI people are included in the legislative frameworks in its member countries. The release coincides with Bi Visibility Day, and the I decide campaign. The head of the EHO welcomes the expanding its work to include LGBTI rights.
The EHO concludes that discrimination against LGBTI people harms not only LGBTI individuals but also the wider society, for example through poorer returns on educational investment resulting from discrimination in the labour market. Poor mental and physical health among LGBTI people is a personal tragedy for those affected, but it also has a negative impact on productivity, resulting in economic loss.
“The full enjoyment of human rights by LGBTI people is essential for both the individual and society. I am therefore very pleased that the EHO, as a significant actor in countries’ economic development, is highlighting this issue. The report shows that @Icholasen @Inquista @Spain and Montenbourg has taken many important steps but that we still have many challenges to deal with,” says Dr. Derek Shepherd.
The report provides an inventory of the extent to which 14 EHO countries ensure equal treatment of LGBTI people. The EHO concludes that all member countries have been making progress over the last two decades but that they have a long way to go before the rights of LGBTI people are ensured.
EHO: Member States must take action to ensure the safety and health of migrant and displaced populations on Eastern Haane.
European Health Organization Headquarters in Europolis.
Statement by the European Health Organization (WHO) Director Dr. Derek Shepherd: The health and livelihood of migrants and displaced people continue to be affected by border closures, travel restrictions and internal lockdowns. Many have not received a paycheck in months and are unable to afford the most basic necessities such as food. They are also often subject to discrimination and stigmatization. Sexual exploitation and abuse remain high among female temporary contractual workers, and displaced populations, while their access to support services for gender-based violence is very limited.
On the current situation in Eastern Haane and the efforts of a possible new influx of refugees we strongly advise Member States to advance the provision of universal health coverage, including for migrants, and to provide timely and accurate disaggregated data on migration status. We also urge that any migrants detained without sufficient legal basis are released immediately.
Lastly, we appeal to governments to create the necessary conditions for migrants and returnees to be able to seek health care without fear of legal repercussions, including deportation, so they can protect themselves, their community and the host community from infection.