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International Day Of Action For Women's Health - 2007

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, of the need to address one of the two leading causes of death among women of reproductive age, in developing countries pregnancy related complications: 'Every year these complications kill an estimated 600,000 women. These tragedies command far less attention than terrorism because these horrors occur off camera and out of sight in dusty villages and shanty towns where nothing grows, except the appetites of small children.'

'Call For Action'

The Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) in collaboration with members and campaign supporters) publishes a 'Call for Action' every year, to raise awareness and promote solidarity and action on the International Day of Action for Women's Health.

In the 1990s, the 'Calls for Action' mostly addressed issues related to maternal mortality and morbidity. Since the late 1990s, the topics were broadened to cover issues like health services, trade agreements, health sector reforms and AIDS.

From 2003 onwards, the 'Call for Action' was part of the Women's Access to Health Campaign and focused on a specific topic within the campaign.

The year 2007 marks two decades since the first International Day of Action for Women's Health was held.

According to the LACWHN, there must be a global confrontation of new social, political, economic and cultural challenges in the current world scenario, and this must also draw attention to the impact of these factors on women's comprehensive health.

Hence, WGNRR has published the 2007 Call for Action as: 'Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Repoliticizing our Perspective, Repoliticizing our Demands.'

Highlights of 'Call For Action' for 2007 include:

* Repoliticizing the approach to women's sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of the current global and r
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