GENDER & HEALTH

                          DID YOU KNOW???

 

 

 

Women and men can have different health practices and outcomes based on biological sex differences as well as gender differences which reflect differences in the norms, expectations and roles women and men play in our society. For example, while women often live longer than men, they do not necessarily live better or healthier lives!

 

Sex refers to the biological (anatomy and physiology) characteristics that define males and females. The concept of gender is more complex in that it refers to the socially constructed roles, norms, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women. The social definitions of what it means to be a woman or a man vary among cultures and changes over time. Gender is a dynamic concept that has a direct impact on the health and well-being of both sexes.

 

A gender perspective in health helps identify the inequalities between women and men that can lead to both positive and negative health outcomes. Ujima’s gender integrated health intervention addresses gender based constraints that influence health disparities and effectively promotes health and wellness for girls and women that can result in improved health outcomes across multiple health conditions.  Ujima’s gender based health promotion programming refines the impact of social determinants of health and is implemented to identify potential opportunities for individual and system level change resulting in a more educated and healthy society for all.

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