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International Day Of Action For Women's Health - 2007

Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: 'Universal access to health care is not a myth or a dream. It is a human right. We cannot implement that human right without effective health systems. We need a worldwide movement led by women to make this simple message stick.'

The International Day Of Action For Women's Health falls on May the 28th, every year.

The origins of this world health day stem from a 1987 meeting of the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), in Costa Rica, where the Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network proposed the creation of a global day of action for women's health.

Since then, 28 May has become widely known and celebrated around the world by innumerable women's and health groups.

The WGNRR is a network of 2000 autonomous organizations and individuals in 157 countries, and has been working since 1984 to achieve and support reproductive and sexual health and rights for women.

Some organizations in partnership with WGNRR include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ethical Globalization Initiative (EGI), Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network (LACWHN), Ipas (Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services), etc.

According to experts working for the betterment of women, health clearly reflects the many inequalities of women's daily lives. Asymmetry between the sexes seriously impedes the ability of women to exercise their right to health.

The WGNRR defines sexual and reproductive rights as a series of interrelated, basic human rights which enable women to have safe, responsible and fulfilling sex lives and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to have children-free from coercion, discrimination and violence.

This also includes the right of access to safe, legal abortion.

Says one of WGNRR's supporters, former U.S.
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