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NWCI ‘Gender Matters’ Health Seminar launches Training Handbook

March 31, 2014 at 9:36

Gender sensitivity and awareness in the delivery of health care is a way of ensuring that health care is delivered in the most appropriate way, for example, in meeting the health needs of the most vulnerable or disadvantaged women, men and transgender persons. Moreover, equality benefits everyone and has wider societal benefits. For example, if men’s mental health improves or if risk-taking behaviour is reduced, this will benefit the well-being of their families and their participation in community life. If women’s poverty is reduced, for example, through participation in good quality employment, this benefits their families and community.

The Training Handbook on Gender Mainstreaming in Health aims to offer guidance on gender mainstreaming policies and actions, to show how awareness and technical capacity can be enhanced, and models of good practice can be implemented, so that gender mainstreaming becomes part of the core work of the HSE and DOHC.

Further objectives of the Handbook include: 

• To enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of health policies, planning and the delivery of health services for women, men and transgender persons.

• To provide a model for gender mainstreaming that can be applied to the health service.

• To improve health care for everyone, by linking a gender perspective to the broader social determinants of health.

• To achieve leadership and senior-level commitment to implementing gender mainstreaming.

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