Concrete commitments, collective action and mutual accountability (for results, resources and rights) are all needed to harness the power of partnership and to achieve the objectives of the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents‘ Health (EWEC Global Strategy). Implementation is country-led and supported by EWEC partners, aligned to drive collective action. This chapter presents an overview of the commitments pledged, the actions taken and the efforts made at the country, regional and global levels to ensure mutual accountability.
International law obliges States to uphold the human rights of their citizens, including the right to health; governments have collective responsibility for doing this. Gender, equity and human rights are critical enablers required to achieve the EWEC Global Strategy’s objectives. Yet, as a recent report noted, gross violations of human rights are reported from every region of the world, and women, children and adolescents are disproportionately affected.123