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PAHO to recognize “best practices” that integrate equality and fairness in gender and interculturalism in health

Washington, D.C., 12 February 2013 (PAHO/WHO) – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is inviting public and private-sector organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to submit entries (by March 30) for the 6th Competition on Best Practices that Integrate Equality and Fairness in Gender and Interculturalism in Health.

This year’s contest is part of celebrations of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health (May 28). The competition seeks to identify experiences that best address the divergent needs and opportunities among men and women in the area of health. In particular, they should demonstrate efforts and strategies that seek to transform the attitudes of men, women and health providers through a gender perspective and by promoting respect for and recognition of ethic fairness in efforts to help people enjoy optimal health.

This year’s competition will recognize experiences in two categories:(1) “gender and health,” which will recognize a public or private sector organization that works with the public health sector and is developing a program that has a gender-equality perspective in health; and (2) “health, gender and ethnicity,” which will recognize a public or private sector organization that works with the public health sector and is developing a program that seeks to achieve fairness in health through a gender perspective and by promoting respect for and recognition of cultural diversity in regard to indigenous peoples or ethnic/racial groups.

Best practices are approaches that incorporate a gender-equality and/or ethnic fairness perspective and lead to concrete change in regard to inequality and the relationship between men and women, as well as in the attitudes of people and health institutions.

Eligible contestants are organizations from the public or private sectors, including ministries of health or education, national women’s institutions, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions, among others, that work in a coordinated way with the public health sector and are developing a project or program that uses a gender or ethnic-equity perspective in health.

Each best practice must be submitted by the organization, group or association that designed and/or implemented it. Each best practice must have been active for at least two years and may be presented in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.

A jury comprised of a minimum of five people, including PAHO’s Director, will select the winning initiatives. Winners will receive a certificate, publication in English and Spanish, and $2,500 to invest in strengthening the best practice.

A representative of each winning practice will be invited to PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C., to receive the prize during a special event marking the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, on May 28, 2013.

In the past five years, more than 294 programs from 19 countries in the Americas have entered the Best Practices Competition, which is organized by PAHO in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) and supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), ONUSIDA and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF).

The 6th Best Practices Contest is part of the work plan of PAHO’s Office of Gender, Diversity and Human Rights (GDR), which provides technical cooperation to PAHO program areas and in PAHO member countries to promote gender and ethnic equality and to advance human rights and bioethics. GDR promotes health policies, plans, programs and legislation aimed at guaranteeing access to quality health services, participation in decision-making and equitable resource allocation.



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