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Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health (Final Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health)

Discusses social justice as a matter of life and death and examines this in the context of the social determinants of health. A girl born today can expect to live for more than 80 years if she is born in some countries – but less than 45 years if she is born in others. Within countries there are dramatic differences in health that are closely linked with degrees of social disadvantage. In its final report, the Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls on the WHO and all governments to lead global action on the social determinants of health with the aim of achieving health equity.

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Published: 2008
Resisting womanhood

This article outlines the authors personal narrative, follows her adolescent development, gender journey, fear of sexuality, experiences with amenorrhea, body image and coming into feminism. 

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Published: 1981
Gender and health eToolkit

Provides practical, "how-to" methodologies and tools on gender that are designed to move health practitioners and managers from awareness and commitment to direct application and practice in policy and program design, implementation, research, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. This is a companion site to the IGWG website ( ) which has become a premier site for gender and reproductive health information, publications, and networking. The eToolkit broadens the set of resources available to USAID staff, contractors, gender experts, and other public health specialists and service providers. It provides access to hundreds of tools, to other gender toolkits and databases, and to prominent gender and health websites throughout the world. The eToolkit will be updated continuously to include new, relevant tools as they become available. Offline copies of the toolkit on CD or flash drive are available upon request.

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The ties that bind: women and footwear

This article ilustrates the health hazards of women's shoes. Tips on chosing a good shoe. Connection between diabetes and foot health. 

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Published: 1987
Gender, women and primary health care renewal: a discussion paper

Brings together evidence and experience from around the world focusing on making health systems more gender responsive. Uses a framework that combines WHO's six building blocks for health systems and the primary health care reforms propounded in the World Health Report 2008 on primary health care. Also provides examples of what has worked and how, and ends with an agenda for action to strengthen the work of policy-makers, their advisers and development partners as well as practitioners as they seek to integrate gender equality perspectives into health systems strengthening, including primary health care reforms.

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Published: 2010
The ties that bind: women and footwear

This article illustrates the health hazards of women's shoes. Tips on choosing a good shoe. Connection between diabetes and foot health. 

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Published: 1987
Theory and key concepts in gender, sex, and health research (video)

A training video that acts as a foundational introduction to the field of gender, sex, and health research presented by leading experts in the the field. Participants will expand their understanding of: 1. The differences between sex and gender, while taking into account the complexities of each category (Dr. Joy Johnson); 2. How paradigms inform definitions and designs in gender, sex, and health research (Dr.Blye Frank); 3. The concept of intersectionality, and how other markers of social difference intersect with gender and sex (Dr. Olena Hankivsky); and 4. How gender and sex can be integrated in health research, as well as best practices and emerging innovations in the field (Dr. Gillian Einstein).

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Published: 2010
How can gender equity be addressed through health systems?

A joint policy brief that examines how to reduce gender inequities using health systems. The key messages are:

- Data on mortality, morbidity and use of health services reveal some important differences in health experiences between women and men.
- Health systems can make important contributions to gender equality and gender equity by addressing gender in a variety of ways.
- Identifying gender inequalities and addressing gender equity are also central to good stewardship of health systems.

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Published: 2009
Visual methods in gender and health research (webinar)

Provides an introduction to how participant-driven visual methods (e.g., photography, video) can be used in gender and health research. Drawing on examples from past research projects the session explores how visual methods enable us to “see” or surface gender in qualitative data. Particular attention is given to the use of visual findings to explore social theories of gender, embodiment, addiction and illness.

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Published: 2011
Intersections: a newsletter of the Institute of Gender and Health (Fall/Winter 2011)

In this issue:

• The Forgotten Sex in Sexual Pain
• At the Crossroads: Healthcare Experiences of Women with Female Genital Cutting
• Married to the Pill: Negotiating a Fifty-Year Relationship
• Who Really Gets Chlamydia?
• Message from the Scientific Director
• KT Monitor | An international symposium speak the unspoken about boys' body image.
• IGH Cochrane Corner | A look at key challenges in sensitizing systematic reviews to sex and gender.
News Briefs
• Trainee Spotlight | 4 questions for Lyndsay Hayhurst

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Published: Fall/Winter, 2011