International Day of Women’s Health

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 14, 2022, 5:54

The International Day of Women's Health is observed to raise awareness about women's health and well-being, particularly in relation to themes such as sexual and reproductive health and rights.

International Day of Women's Health, also known as International Day of Action for Women's Health, is dedicated to women raising awareness about their right to health. Every year on May 28, women and health organisations worldwide commemorate this unique day. The International Day of Women's Health was established in 1987, and the South African government acknowledged it in the same year.

Even now, many years after this special day was declared, the issue of women's health is a significant concern. As a result, this one-of-a-kind day is one of the most effective ways to raise awareness and educate women about the importance of their physical and mental health. Women must be educated on sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout the world (SRHR).

Sexual Health Rights for Women

The Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), created in 1984, organises the International Day of Action for Women's Health. Women of all ages and religions, from all corners of the globe, have the right to sexual and reproductive health.

The following rights are included in the SRHR:

  • Receive sexuality-related information
  • Sexuality education is essential
  • They get to pick their mate
  • Decide whether or not to engage in sexual activity
  • Make use of modern contraception
  • Maternity care is available
  • An abortion that is both safe and effective, as well as post-abortion care
  • Understand how to avoid, care for, and treat sexually transmitted illnesses and infections

International Day of Women's Health Theme

The theme of the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2021 campaign was “Women's Health Matters: Ending the Inequality Pandemic and Ensuring SRHR remains essential!”

International Day of Women's Health History

The International Women's Health Day was established in 1987, and the South African government recognised it. At the start of the day, a chance to educate and raise awareness about the importance of sexual and reproductive health and women's rights was finally recognised.

The significance of educating women worldwide about topics such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), regardless of religion or age, remains paramount.

This year, the International Day of Action for Women's Health delivers a message that states "2021 Call for Action" in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Impact of the Pandemic on Women's Health

COVID-19 has had a negative and long-lasting impact on the world, yet not everyone is affected equally. The health and well-being of women are the most severely impacted. Vaccines are still unavailable, and healthcare systems are inadequate, but the impact is more significant.

Most women in distant places are uninformed of their rights, and even if they are, it is challenging for them to obtain them.

The International Day for Women's Health aims at raising awareness about the issues that affect women and their health in different ways. There is a need for women to know the importance of their physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health.

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FAQs on International Day of Women's Health

Q.1) What is the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2021 Theme?

The theme of the International Day of Action for Women's Day 2021 is “Women's Health Matters: Ending the Inequality Pandemic and Ensuring SRHR remains essential!”

Q.2) What message did the International Day of Action for Women's Day declare in the face of the pandemic?

"2021, Call-to-Action" is the theme declared during the 2021 pandemic.

Q.3) When is the International Day of Action for Women's Health Day celebrated every year?

The International Day of Action for Women's Health Day is celebrated on May 28 every year.

Q.4) When was the International Day of Action for Women's Health Day first established?

The International Day of Action for Women's Health Day was established in 1987.