Four Priorities on Women’s Health for New WHO Chief

Today, the race to head the global health agency charged with responding to pandemics and setting health policy has culminated with the selection of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. As next director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros will take the helm as countries such as the United States are stepping up their efforts to roll back progress on women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In this context, it will take a particularly courageous leader to ensure that the world’s prominent health body does not let politics trump evidence. Instead, the WHO’s new leader must take the bold action needed to ensure that every woman and girl everywhere can exercise her right to control her body, protect her health, and live a healthy, empowered life.

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Photo: US Mission to the UN/Eric Bridiers

Shannon Kowalski

Shannon Kowalski

Director of Advocacy and PolicyIWHC

Shannon oversees IWHC’s work on international and US foreign policy advocacy. She is an experienced and effective advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and has been involved in several UN negotiations. She is also an expert on HIV/AIDS and youth rights. @SKowalski |
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