The Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health

Sarah Hawkes, Pascale Allotey, As Sy Elhadj, Jocalyn Clark and Richard Horton, (2020). The Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health. The Lancet, 396(10250), 521-522

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    Author Sarah Hawkes
    Pascale Allotey
    As Sy Elhadj
    Jocalyn Clark
    Richard Horton
    Title The Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health
    Appearing in The Lancet
    Volume 396
    Issue No. 10250
    Publication Date 2020-08-04
    Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Publisher Elisevier Ltd.
    Start page 521
    End page 522
    Language eng
    Abstract Gender inequalities drive inequities in health and wellbeing. From determining our chance of being born to the predominantly male-led delivery of our funerals, gender interacts with, and frequently amplifies, other inequalities such as race or poverty in shaping our entire life experience. The global goal of equality on the basis of gender is an integral part of other global struggles for inclusive, rights-based, respectful, equitable systems, structures, and communities. Gender is embedded within and across organisations, systemic structures, and institutional norms, including in science, medicine, and health. Deep-seated gender biases were documented in The Lancet's 2019 theme issue on advancing women in science, medicine, and global health, #LancetWomen, which explain, for example, the persistent imbalance between the 70% of health workers who are female and the 70% of health-care leadership who are male. Gender is a cross-cutting issue with an impact on the health and careers of women, men, transgender people, and people with non-binary identities everywhere. The underlying cultural, social, political, legal, and economic drivers that create disadvantage are not immutable. With this in mind and building on the journal's past commitments to gender equity, The Lancet announces a new Commission on Gender and Global Health. This Commission has been set up with the explicit and uncompromising aim to move beyond the evidence to catalyse action. For change to happen, academic evidence is necessary but insufficient: the world does not need another report on the evidence and extent of a so-called gender problem in health. The Commission was borne of a collective and strategic understanding of the need to mobilise individuals and institutions to redress imbalances in the gender–health relationship, producing a politically informed, globally relevant, and intersectional feminist strategy for structural change in global health.
    Copyright Holder Elsevier Ltd
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31547-6
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