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Women's and Children's Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights - Report launched by WHO

This report analyses supplementary evidential reasons for undertaking a human rights-based approach to women's and children's health. The first of its type, this 140 page monograph launched by WHO sets out a multi-disciplinary and multi-method approach to human rights impact evaluation -- and makes a number of recommendations.

"The first of its kind, this report asks: what evidence is available to policy-makers that human rights have helped to improve women’s and children’s health? It considers whether or not evidence of beneficial impact supplements the compelling moral, political and legal reasons for adopting a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to women’s and children’s health."

This report finds that "applying human rights to women’s and children’s health interventions not only helps governments comply with their binding obligations,but also contributes to improving the health of women and children. It also shows that few human rights-shaped women’s and children’s health policies are accompanied by research and evaluation that is well equipped to capture many of the human rights dimensions of the interventions. These and other findings have important implications and the study suggests what needs to be done, especially by States and international agencies."

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Tags: children's rights, Children's health, child health, human rights-based approach, World Health Organisation, report
Published June 10, 2013 1:26 PM