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Gender and health promotion: A multisectoral policy approach

Östlin, Piroska, Eckermann, Elizabeth, Mishra, Udaya Shankar, Nkowane, Mwansa and Wallstam, Eva 2006, Gender and health promotion: A multisectoral policy approach, Health promotion international, vol. 21, no. Supplement 1, pp. 25-35, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dal048.

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Title Gender and health promotion: A multisectoral policy approach
Author(s) Östlin, Piroska
Eckermann, ElizabethORCID iD for Eckermann, Elizabeth orcid.org/0000-0002-4908-5629
Mishra, Udaya Shankar
Nkowane, Mwansa
Wallstam, Eva
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 21
Issue number Supplement 1
Start page 25
End page 35
Publisher Oxford Journals
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0957-4824
1460-2245
Keyword(s) gender and health promotion
gender inequality
multisectoral policy response
Summary Women and men are different as regards their biology, the roles and responsibilities that society assigns to them and their position in the family and community. These factors have a great influence on causes, consequences and management of diseases and ill-health and on the efficacy of health promotion policies and programmes. This is confirmed by evidence on male–female differences in cause-specific mortality and morbidity and exposure to risk factors. Health promoting interventions aimed at ensuring safe and supportive environments, healthy living conditions and lifestyles, community involvement and participation, access to essential facilities and to social and health services need to address these differences between women and men, boys and girls in an equitable manner in order to be effective. The aim of this paper is to (i) demonstrate that health promotion policies that take women's and men's differential biological and social vulnerability to health risks and the unequal power relationships between the sexes into account are more likely to be successful and effective compared to policies that are not concerned with such differences, and (ii) discuss what is required to build a multisectoral policy response to gender inequities in health through health promotion and disease prevention. The requirements discussed in the paper include i) the establishment of joint commitment for policy within society through setting objectives related to gender equality and equity in health as well as health promotion, ii) an assessment and analysis of gender inequalities affecting health and determinants of health, iii) the actions needed to tackle the main determinants of those inequalities and iv) documentation and dissemination of effective and gender sensitive policy interventions to promote health. In the discussion of these key policy elements, we use illustrative examples of good practices from different countries around the world.
Notes This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Health promotion international following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version (Östlin, Piroska, Eckermann, Elizabeth, Mishra, Udaya Shankar, Nkowane, Mwansa and Wallstam, Eva 2006, Gender and health promotion: A multisectoral policy approach, Health promotion international, vol. 21, no. Supplement 1, pp. 25-35) is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dal048.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dal048
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, The Author
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