We call on all healthcare practitioners, policy makers, decision-makers and service users to address the issues of stigma, discrimination, harassment and violence towards women, key populations and marginalised people. The attacks on and policing of our lives and identities impact on us individually and our families and networks and also constitute a serious obstacle to achieving the goal of healthy societies and communities. While individual acts of violence and discrimination take place at the interpersonal level, it is also important to name and address the ways in which patriarchy, racism, classism and other forms of oppression are expressed at the systemic, institutional levels and in popular understanding or thinking.
- Create healthcare environments that are free from stigma, discrimination, harassment and violence by implementing strict no-tolerance policies to the infringement of the rights of women, key populations and marginalised people
- Foster discussions and dialogues within communities and societies to address stigma, discrimination, harassment and violence towards women, key populations and marginalised people and that valorises their rights and their contributions to the development of communities and societies
- Ensure the occupational safety of health workers
- Create change models that take into account and address structural violence (by the state, institutions, and so on) and do not focus solely on changing the behaviour of individuals
- Healthcare providers must abide by the Hippocratic oath by delivering quality, appropriate, non-discriminatory services and youth friendly services, that respect confidentiality, privacy and the needs and choices of the individual