The content of this policy reflects PAHO’s unwavering commitment to the principles of equity, respect for human rights, and the exercise of citizenship, in addition to its determination to actively participate in global efforts to eliminate all forms of gender discrimination. It is also an expression of the institutional resolve to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of public health practice in the Americas.
The goal of this policy is to contribute to the achievement of gender equality in health status and health development through research, policies, and programs which give due attention to gender differences in health and its determinants, and actively promote equality between women and men.
This policy applies to all work throughout the Organization. Effective implementation of the policy will require senior-level commitment and validation and organizational support for activities to advance the knowledge and skills of staff for efficient gender mainstreaming in their areas of work.