Minister Calls for Unity to Achieve SDGs on Health

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Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, says there is the need for politicians to work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with regards to women and girls health.

She said when the SDGs are well implemented it would help ensure the rights and well-being of girls and women.

Nana Oye Lithur at the “Post Women Deliver Conference”, symposium organised by Ms Tove Degnbol, Danish in collaboration with the Gender Ministry in Accra, said when girls and women are healthy; “they have a chance to learn and earn a living”.

The symposium was aimed at engaging participants at the conference, which took place in Copenhagen from May 16 – May 19, to reflect and share their lessons and experiences from the event to promote gender equality and the health of girls and women.

Giving an overview of the conference, the Gender Minister said it provided a platform for holistic and timely discussion on challenges facing maternal mortality.

It also created a platform for Ministers of State to engage a number of key actors from civil society, United Nation agencies, private sector and academia and provided the environment for presentations on investment opportunities for girls and women.

Nana Oye Lithur expressed gratitude to Denmark for organising the conference, which placed women at the centre especially girls to drive progress across all goals.

She urged stakeholders to work together towards a bright future for girls and women.

Ms Degnbol said women and girl’s right is a major challenge faced by many countries in the world and as such Denmark has provided $10 million to amplify change in civil society organisations in terms of sexual reproductive health rights.

This would grant access to quality healthcare, fund programmes to end gender based violence, Ms Degnbol said.

The focus of the conference was to allow the various participating countries know how to implement the SDGs in other to ensure that girls and women health issues such as sexual and reproductive health rights, education, environment and economic empowerment are factored into national implementation.

It was attended by more than 6,000 participants from 169 countries across the world.

Source: GNA

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