Concept Foundation signs Consensus Statement urging Member States towards a gender-responsive Pandemic Treaty  

Jun 14, 2022 | Concept Foundation, Global news, Reproductive health news, SRH Research

Concept Foundation signs Consensus Statement urging Member States towards a gender-responsive international instrument for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global health underlines a critical need for responsive mechanisms to global health crises to be reexamined and, offers an opportunity to address the gender biases and inequalities that continue to prevent equitable access to healthcare for all.

Concept Foundation’s vision and mission is anchored in a firm belief that addressing gender inequities and injustices as a priority is fundamental to achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Concept Foundation has joined a coalition of 17 civil society and academic partners, convened by GENDRO, in issuing a Consensus Statement urging Member States to commit to ensuring gender equality, equity and human rights figure in the new International Instrument for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

Key recommendations outlined in the Statement include:

  • Gender responsive evidence must guide pandemic preparedness, control, and response

  • Strategies, policies, and response plans must be inclusive, equitable, account for gender dimensions and align with human rights standards

  • A request for explicit reference in the new instrument to ensure uninterrupted access to sexual and reproductive health services

The Consensus Statement has been issued to the International Negotiating Body (INB) that is guiding multilateral negotiations to optimize a coordinated response to future global health emergencies. The Statement appeals to INB, Member States and governments to ensure that the International Instrument is gender responsive and leaves no one behind.

The full Consensus Statement, list of endorsees and endorsement form can be accessed here.

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