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Public Health priorities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union outlined its priorities and main events in the field of public health to the Working Party on Public Health. Despite not managing a legislative dossier for which the group would be competent, developments in the pipeline are relevant for civil society engagement. Inspired by the Third Union Programme for Action in the field of health (2014-2020), EU Health Strategy, World Health Organization reports, reflection processes on (...)

European Gender Medicine Project kicks off in Brussels

In a one day, launch conference, the European Gender Medicine Project (EUGenMed) partners met with ninety experts and key stakeholders to assess the role of gender medicine (GM) in Europe. The launch conference marked the first of a series of project meetings under the DG Research and Innovation-funded Framework Seven Programme (FP7) project to be held in 2014 and 2015 that will culminate in the development of a roadmap for the further implementation of sex and gender (S&G) in (...)

[Press release] European Parliament sputters and stalls on women’s rights

24 October, Brussels – On Tuesday, the plenary sitting of the European Parliament saw a heated debate around the draft report on the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) (1) put forward by the rapporteur Edite Estrela MEP (PT, S&D) from the Women and Gender Equity Committee (FEMM). Much supported by the committee itself, the text supports the advancement of SRHR in Europe and globally, which would help tackle health inequalities, increase gender equality and social (...)

IPPF-EN calls for support to EP report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The International Planned Parenthood Federation - European Network (IPPF-EN) - EPHA member organisation - calls for help to advance sexual reproductive health and rights in Europe. On Tuesday, October 22nd, the European Parliament has a unique opportunity to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights not only in Europe but also in global perspective. The MEPs will vote on a report on sexual and reproductive health and rights: the ‘Estrela report’. Read and share the (...)

Amnesty International urges EU Institutions to end Female Genital Mutilation

Amnesty International Ireland, together with 15 other organisations from across Europe, has been running the END Female Genital mutilation (FGM) European Campaign since 2009 to promote awareness and challenge the EU to end FGM and other forms of violence against women. On 27 February 2013 the Seminar "Towards European Action to end Female Genital Mutilation" took place in the European Parliament, as part of the END FGM-European Campaign aiming "to put female genital mutilation high on the (...)

Women and Cardiovascular Disease in the EU

14 February - Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to think about women’s hearts. On its latest policy briefing, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) highlighted the key differences between women and men in matters of the heart - such as risk factors, symptoms, treatment and biomedical research. Traditionally regarded as a male disease, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women worldwide. It is also a major cause of serious illness and (...)

Eurobarometer reports: Discrimination in the EU 2012 (1) & Accessibility (2)

European anti-discrimination legislation is among the most extensive in the world. In 2000, the European Union adopted two very far-reaching laws [Directive 2000/43/EC and Directive 2000/78/EC] to prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. As far as racial and ethnic origin is concerned, this legislation extends to other aspects of daily life, such as education and social services. These reports (...)

EPHA joint Working Group on Children’s health and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

EPHA joint Working Group on Children’s health and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights met on September 13 to discuss EPHA’s future advocacy in the area. The meeting provided the opportunity for participants to exchange views on: the main developments related to children’s health that have occurred since the last meeting, European Commission recommendations on child poverty, forthcoming activities in the area of children’s health, European Parliament (...)

Rights@Risk in Europe: Sign Amnesty International’s petition

Amnesty International launched this summer a petition calling on the EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding to play a more pivotal role in enhancing Europe’s human rights protection. It is summertime in Europe: time to relax. But for an estimated 180,000 girls throughout Europe, their summer holidays will mean being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). In addition, one in ten European women will suffer sexual violence and a quarter will endure physical violence. Their (...)

65th World Health Assembly adopts 21 resolutions

The latest (65th) World Health Assembly gathered on 26 May adopted 21 resolutions on a broad range of health issues including: early marriages and pregnancies, the International Health Regulations, mass gatherings, the Millennium Development Goals, non communicable diseases, pandemic influenza preparedness, intensification of the global polio eradication initiative, research and development, nutrition, the social determinants of health and substandard/spurious/falsely (...)