Gender, Health, and Equity: The Intersections

Piroska Östlin, Asha George, Gita Sen

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This chapter considers the issues of gender, equity, and health to illustrate the ways in which gender influences health inequalities. It argues that gender bias is one of the fundamental causes of inequity in health, and emphasizes the need for more equitable gender relations. The first part of the chapter explains the meaning of gender and how it informs a health equity perspective. Through a gender lens, it then examines inequalities in mortality, morbidity, health care, and health research. A policy analysis describes recent progress in bringing gender issues to the global health agenda and suggests mechanisms for moving toward greater gender equity both in process and in outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to Action
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199863983, 9780195137408
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Health inequalities
  • Health services
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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