A Women’s Human Rights Agenda for the G8: Health

On May 18, leaders of the world’s eight largest economies (the G8) will gather at Camp David, a walled-off retreat reserved for the US President and his guests. There, they will make decisions that will affect all of us, no matter where we live.

But women’s human rights advocates refuse to be ignored. We are putting forward our own G8 agenda. We need your input to craft it.

Every day, we’ll be addressing the priorities that should be on the G8 agenda. We’re asking you to submit your comments, concerns and suggestions. Together, we can craft an agenda that voices the demands of women’s human rights advocates around the world.

Today, we’re looking at Health:

This Is the Reality:

Denial of the Right to Health: G8 governments are abdicating their responsibility to provide comprehensive health care for their people. They tell us that free markets can do the job. Instead, women pick up the slack, shouldering the responsibility of providing care to their families.

Attacks on Reproductive Health and Rights: In the name of “traditional values,” right wing forces have launched new political attacks. At the global and local levels, women’s access to family planning is at risk—jeopardizing women’s health and safe motherhood.

This Is Our Vision. Women Demand G8 Policies That:

Protect and implement the right to health worldwide, as a priority over protecting corporate profits.

Remove policy constraints on countries of the Global South to provide health care to their populations.

Recognize that the right to health—including reproductive and maternal health—is inalienable and non-negotiable.

Add your voice here.

Photo credit: Jessica Alderman

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