Polio Gender Champions

 

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) recognizes that both gender responsive programming and organizational change are key to gender mainstreaming. Polio eradication interventions cannot effectively reach every last child unless informed by sex-disaggregated data and gender-sensitive analysis.

The Gender Champion for Polio Eradication is a concrete effort to build off of the current movement by high-level, national and international gender champions and to highlight the role of gender in achieving polio eradication, by committing to the GPEI Gender Equality Strategy and supporting its full implementation.

 

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization and Chair of the Polio Oversight Board


“From the everyday choices about their children’s health to delivering life-saving health services and the big-picture decisions about strategies and resources, women can and must play a key role in every level of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Empowering women is not just a ‘nice to have’ in our efforts to end polio forever, it’s essential.”

I support the GPEI Gender Equality Strategy as a concrete effort to highlight the role of gender in polio eradication.

I commit to:

• Increase women’s meaningful and equal participation and leadership at all  levels of the GPEI
• Engage Member States to increase the efforts in global leadership on gender and health, including immunization

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization and Chair of the Polio Oversight Board

 

 

“We are closer than ever to ending polio. But pervasive challenges, included gender-related barriers, make this stage the most difficult yet. UNICEF is committed to overcoming every gender-related barrier that keeps children from the vaccinations they deserve. This is not only a matter of rights – but an important way to honour the courage and commitment of the army of polio workers and volunteers, mostly women, who are bravely working in the most under-served communities to educate families about polio, encourage vaccination, and delivering this lifesaving intervention to every child.”

I support the GPEI Gender Equality Strategy as a concrete effort to highlight the role of gender in polio eradication.

I commit to:

  • Engage with GPEI target countries for more gender-responsive programming
  • Ensure that a commitment to gender equality is reflected across the performance evaluation systems of all of UNICEF’s senior managers involved in the polio eradication effort.

Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director UNICEF

 

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