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Gender: PHM India in the context of the parliamentary elections

16 May 2014

We are writing to share about the  PHM India's initiatives in the context of the parliamentary elections that are currently underway in India.  Prior to the elections, political parties here prepare manifestos that reflect their commitments to the people if they are elected to power and this provides an opportunity to influence and inform these manifestos. PHM India following a collective process, submitted a  Manifesto to promote health and healthcare to political parties prior to the start of the elections.   It included concrete recommendations "to secure conditions of living and health care services that promote health in all its dimensions"-  The PHM manifesto also urged addressing of the gender dimensions of health, emphasising guaranteeing "of comprehensive, accessible, quality health services for all women and transgender persons for all their health needs which includes but is not limited to maternal care". It also called for abolishing of "all coercive laws, policies and practices that violate the reproductive, sexual and democratic rights of women; and regulate use of invasive reproductive technologies".

Recognition of gender based violence as a public health issue and comprehensive, quality, accessible, adolescent-friendly health care, including for their reproductive and sexual health needs were also included.

Apart from the manifestos to political parties, a brief was also developed on key issues and concerns around health for wider dissemination and mobilisation of people and organisations around health issues.

CLICK HERE for the PHM India Health Manifesto


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