INFORMING POLICY: GENDER DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH OUTCOMES

INFORMING POLICY: GENDER DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH OUTCOMES
April 2012-Parul Agarwal and Misha Sharma
Lead Center : Centre for Microfinance (CMF)
Focus Area :Livelihoods

According to the World Health Organization , the distinct roles and responsibilities of men and women in a given society, dictated by culture’s gender norms and values, give rise to gender differences and inequality- that is differences between men and women, which systematically empower one group to the detriment of the other. While there are many channels that foster gender differentials inequalities between men and women in health status and access to health care is one of the most significant pathways that have a detrimental effect on the health outcomes of women. The most strikingexample in this regard is that of excess female mortality in countries like India and China. As per Census 2011 figures, the total female sex ratio in India is 940 per 1000 males and the female child sex ratio is 944 per 1000 boy children.


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According to the World Health Organization , the distinct roles and responsibilities of men and women in a given society, dictated by culture’s gender norms and values, give rise to gender differences and inequality- that is differences between men and women, which systematically empower one group to the detriment of the other. While there are many channels that foster gender differentials inequalities between men and women in health status and access to health care is one of the most significant pathways that have a detrimental effect on the health outcomes of women. The most strikingexample in this regard is that of excess female mortality in countries like India and China. As per Census 2011 figures, the total female sex ratio in India is 940 per 1000 males and the female child sex ratio is 944 per 1000 boy children.