Collaboration Between the Women and the Law Program and the
Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)
Launch of "The Right to Health of Young People and Gender Identities: Trends and Targets for Public Health Action"
This report analyzes trends in the region regarding the enjoyment of the right to health and other related human rights in the context of young people's gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientation. The report calls for an end to discrimination against LGBTI persons. It recommends actions for both human rights advocates and public health professionals, such as recognizing LGBTI persons as protected under anti-discrimination laws, decriminalizing same-sex behavior, addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people, and ensuring that the health needs of LGBTI persons are included in health care systems.
Written by American University Washington College of Law alumni Javier Vásquez, LL.M. '96, PAHO Regional Human Rights Law Advisor (GDR), and Cristina Leria, LL.M. '09, PAHO Consultant on Health and Human Rights, the report was reviewed by Daniela Kraiem, Associate Director, Women and the Law Program, American University Washington College of Law, among others.
Inaugural Conference on Global Health, Gender and Human Rights
March 21-22, 2012
The conference will bring together international experts in global health, gender, and human rights. Working groups will produce recommendations on: disabilities/mental health; women/adolescent girls' health; maternal mortality and morbidity; gender identities, expressions and sexual orientation; older persons; neglected diseases; access to medicines; and tobacco control and smoke free environments. The groups will provide an overview with situation analysis by region; share information across international borders within comparative frameworks; review current trends; and highlight public health actions needed in a manner consistent with international human rights treaties and standards. For more information and to register click here.
Women's Health and Human Rights in the Western Hemisphere
The Women and the Law Program collaborates with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to promote human rights norms and domestic policy measures that will improve the health of women around the world. The purpose of this collaboration is to cultivate legal practitioners and public health advocates who are well versed in international human rights law, as well as attentive to the particular health needs and concerns of women in the PAHO Region (Western Hemisphere).
We are working in partnership to develop a training program for public health personnel addressing domestic, regional and international human rights norms and standards relevant to promotion of women's health. The training program will draw attention to PAHO activities and national public health strategies that are improving the health of women in the region. In addition, the partners will be working together to develop a PAHO educational module on Human Rights and Health: Maternal Mortality.
Washington College of Law students will have the opportunity to work on this project with WCL faculty and PAHO personnel by assisting with legal and policy research and participating in dissemination strategies. This project forms a component of PAHO's larger collaboration with the Washington College of Law, pursuant to an agreement signed between the University and PAHO/WHO in 2009. This five year collaboration will result in increased cooperation and collaboration on educational materials, research projects and student development.