35th HRC: Statement for Annual Full-Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women – Panel 2: Women’s Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Health and Gender Equality, 13 June 2017

Mr. President,

We wish to thank the panelists for their contributions to this discussion.

2. Malaysia recognizes the importance of Goal 3 and Goal 5 of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, both in of themselves, and in how both are linked. Important work to realise and attain both goals is being undertaken at many levels. We acknowledge the UNSG’s updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) to help further the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the work undertaken by the WHO and the OHCHR. We believe that the convening of this Panel goes in line towards contributing to the discourse.

3. For Malaysia, we are undertaking progressive implementation of measures to eliminate discrimination, in accordance with the principle of gender equality and non-discrimination against women. The Malaysian Government recognizes and provides for the different and specific health needs of different population groups. Thus, while we continue take steps towards gender equality, on the health front, other measures are taken that target the needs of women. For example, in the primary care services, affordable comprehensive healthcare has been provided for women in general and maternal and child health as a specific group. The scope encompasses wellness, illness, emergency, clinical support and Primary Healthcare informatics.

4. As integrating health and gender equality is important, can the panel elaborate further on targeted approaches in this regard that can be scaled up at the international level or be used as examples of best practice?

Thank you, Mr. President.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia (News from Mission)