Washington, March 25, 2013 — The Fifth Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Gender Equality in Health (GEH/TAG) wrapped up a two-day meeting on 19 March with a renewed commitment to advancing gender equality in health throughout Latin America and Caribbean.
Issues tabled were advances in the region, the final evaluation of the PAHO Gender Equality Plan of Action (PoA) and key elements for a new PoA (2015-2019). Some salient themes identified for a future gender equality plan were data and evidence on inequalities; capacity-building; prioritization of health programs with greater gender gaps; leadership; stronger alliances with civil society; and increased accountability.
PAHO Assistant Director a.i. Dr. José Teruel opened the meeting. For her part, PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne, who spoke later, underscored the need to address gender equity in health within the post-2015 agenda and PAHO’s new strategic plan for 2014-2019. She also called for bridging approaches with all partners in government and civil society to reach the marginalized within universal health coverage efforts.
The TAG members include Co-Chairs Gita Sen and Carmen Barroso; countries (El Salvador, USA and Jamaica); the United Nations (UnWomen, UNFPA and ECLAC); the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network; the University of the West Indies Gender Institute; and MenEngage. Observers in attendance included a PAHO Internal Gender Working Group; the US State Department; the World Bank; the Inter-American Commission of Women; and the Inter-American Development Bank.
The Secretariat for the TAG is the PAHO Office of Gender, Diversity and Human Rights (GDR).