International Women’s Day – an occasion that celebrates women’s achievements, from political to social, whilst continuing to call for gender equality and women’s rights – I would like to remind people of one key prerequisite for meeting our aspirations: health. The World Health Organisation defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease infirmity”. Health is for all, without discrimination. It is the obligation of each State to support the right to health, and to allocate adequate resources to health promotion and prevention, including the provision of regular screening for cancers for women.

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