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Online Dialog on Women and Health
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Online Dialogue on Women and Health: Follow-up to the Beijing Confer-
ence on Women

Dates: 31 August - 21 September, 1998

The United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women invites par-
ticipants for a three-week online conference/dialogue on women and 
health. Participants will identify obstacles to implementing the Bei-
jing Platform for Action in the critical area, Women and Health.

They will also discuss successful efforts to fulfil the promise of the 
Beijing Conference in relation to health care for women, and comment on 
expert papers on key issues such as national health policies and meas-
ures to be taken by governments and civil society to develop more gen-
der-sensitive approaches to health care.

TOPICS
To focus the on-line dialogue, the following topics have been selected
for the discussion:

1. ACCESS: Access to and quality of health services - Are all women
   (for example women of different ages, ethnicities and income groups)
   getting equal access to quality health care?

2. PROMOTION: Health education and promotion - How do women learn about
   staying healthy? About appropriate health care?

3. EDUCATION: Medical education and research -- Is there a male bias?
   What changes are needed?

4. NURSING: Is nursing a neglected profession?

5. HEALTH REFORM: Reform of the health sector -- Is it happening and
   how? Who benefits? Who loses?

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
"Women And Health" is one of the critical areas of concern in the Bei-
jing Declaration and Platform for Action(1995) and a priority theme for 
the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women in March 1999. In 
preparation, the UN Division for the Advancement of Women, the World 
Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund 
(UNFPA),in association with the Commonwealth Secretariat will jointly 
hold an Expert Group Meeting from 28 September to 2 October 1998, in 
Tunisia.

The purpose is to discuss and develop a framework useful in the design 
of national health policies with an integrated gender perspective. Par-
ticipants will include experts appointed by the Secretary-General of 
the United Nations from different regions of the world, government ob-
servers, UN officials and NGOs. The results of this meeting will be 
presented to the Commission on the Status of Women.

You can share ideas with a global community and dialogue with the ex-
perts who will be attending the Expert Group Meeting by joining in this 
electronic conference/dialogue. We will summarise and present the re-
sults of this three-week online event to the experts as background
information.

LOGISTICS
For the online conference, there will be concurrently a conference
website at:

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/wohealth.htm

and an e-mail based discussion list. Papers submitted for the expert 
group meeting will be made available to all participants for their com-
ments and discussion. A discussion leader will ensure relevance and fo-
cus, stimulate discussion as needed, and provide regular digests and 
summaries.

JOIN US FOR THIS EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE IDEAS AND LEND YOUR
VOICE TO THE REVIEW AND ASSESSMENT OF THE BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION

To participate please send a message to:

<majordomo@sdnp.undp.org>
with body of text:
subscribe women-health

To find out more about the conference, please send a message to 
<daw@un.org>
with "health conference" in the subject line.

Amy Oggel
mailto:aoggel@aed.org

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