Shining a spotlight on cervical cancer elimination this World Cancer Day

Cervical Cancer elimination
25 January 2021

In this last week of January, cervical cancer advocates are rallying supporters and the public to raise awareness and to take action to eliminate cervical cancer.

The run-up to the final year of World Cancer Day’sI Am and I Will’ campaign draws attention to the significant ambition to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer.

Mobilising civil society, individuals, leaders and policymakers, and the cancer community, this week will see activities and events taking place all around the world.

Children ask Leaders about cervical cancer elimination videos

Starting this Monday, UICC will present a special series of six videos, which portray children from around the world asking global health leaders to explain cervical cancer elimination – from what it means to why it matters.

For the first time, leaders including WHO’s Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Stephanie Seydoux, French Ambassador for Global Health, Rafael Grossi, Director-General of the International Agency for Atomic Energy, Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and many more come together to respond to the next generation about the importance of cervical cancer elimination.

A new video featuring a different question will be shared every day this week on social media, the World Cancer Day Cervical Cancer spotlight page and the dedicated YouTube playlist.

Special Focus Dialogue

On the 27th January, UICC will host a Special Focus Dialogue; a dedicated conversation on overcoming the gaps and siloes to achieve true acceleration. Join the conversation and hear from speakers and high-level presenters from across the health community and around the world. Register here.

21 Day Challenge: Cervical Cancer Elimination edition

More than 1,000 supporters everywhere have been taking up the World Cancer Day 21 Days to Impact Challenge. The set of five challenges helping each person to fulfil their ‘I Am and I Will’ commitment include a focused Cervical Cancer Elimination challenge. Anyone can sign up and subscribe to receive daily emails filled with prompts, inspiration and individual actions that can be taken to eliminate cervical cancer.

Sign up to the Cervical Cancer 21 Days to Impact Challenge here (also available in French).

Spotlighting cervical cancer at

The dedicated page on the World Cancer Day website brings together resources and information to empower supporters to spread the message of cervical cancer elimination. The page introduces the global strategy, details what cervical cancer is and offers information to dispel stigma and misconceptions around the disease. An Information Guide is available in English, French and Spanish, which includes ready-made messages to share on social media.

This week represents a powerful opportunity for UICC members and the international cancer community to raise awareness and to inspire support for the global goal to end cervical cancer. Share with your networks and with your community and show the world that together, our actions will help eliminate this disease.

Last update: 
Wednesday 27 January 2021