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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Bodily Autonomy in a Digital World

October 16

Technology, social media, and digital health interventions can have a transformative impact on gender inequalities in health. Public health interventions based on mobile and e-health models are gamechangers, especially in resource-poor settings. However, there are distinct geographic, economic, and social gaps in the design of and access to these technologies, including those related to gender, disability and race. Restrictive policy regimes that impair access to healthcare for women, girls, and other diverse genders transcend into the digital space, leading to an increase in surveillance but inhibiting access to accurate and timely information and quality services, such as safe abortion. These issues intersect closely with barriers in access to/control over technology, digital literacy, and online safety.

At the World Health Summit 2023, this side event will explore what needs to be done to address these challenges, and how to ensure that the transformative potential of technology reaches those who need it the most. In particular, this 90-minute interactive dialogue will explore the key research and policy dimensions that should be addressed to ensure a gender equality and intersectional approach through digital interventions.

Date: 16 October, 09:30 CET

Location: Berlin, Germany

Co-organizers: USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), and WHO SRH/HRP

Please note that this in-person event is open only to registered attendees of the 2023 World Health Summit in Berlin.

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October 16


In-Person: Lounge Brazzaville, JW Marriott Hotel Berlin
Stauffenbergstraße 26
Berlin, Germany
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