International Day of Action for Women’s Health
The International Day of Action for Women’s Health is celebrated on May 28th, commemorating the IV International Women’s Health Meeting held in San José, Costa Rica in May 1987. After the meeting was over, the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) movement convened a working day with the participation of a great number of activists from different countries. Revisiting an idea from the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network, it was agreed to create the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. This date reaffirms the right to health as a human right of women. A right to be exercised without restrictions or exclusions of any kind for the extent of their life, and that guarantees a decent living with equal access to opportunities and free from violence.
Institutionalisation of dates like May 28, March 8 (International Women’s Day) and November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) testify to the convening power of women’s movements around the world.
For more information:
Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network:
Study and Research for Women Foundation:
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