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.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened existing inequalities between women and men in almost all areas of life, both in Europe and beyond, and has reminded us of the crucial role of gender in health programming. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, one of the largest public health programs in history, has spearhead incredible efforts to mainstream gender in its programming. In this final step towards polio eradication, we must continue to support gender mainstreaming and we must not ignore gender-related barriers to vaccination. Spain is proud to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and its commitment towards gender equality.”

I support the GPEI Gender Equality Strategy 2019-2023 as a concrete effort to highlight the role of gender in polio eradication.

I commit to:

• Take part in an annual dialogue, event and/or briefing in Spain or abroad until 2023, with members of the diplomatic community and/or governments’ representatives to expand the conversation around gender equality and health and to raise awareness on gender related barriers to immunization and polio eradication.
• Actively promote and give visibility to the GPEI Gender Equality Strategy through social media, acknowledging the role of women working at the forefront of polio eradication (and COVID-19 pandemic)

José Manuel Albares Bueno, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

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