Gender & Health 16/17

national coordinated themes – gender and global health

Are you looking for a campaign theme? Then why not get involved in this year’s National Co-ordinated campaign….

National Coordinated Themes are intended to focus Medsin’s education/advocacy/action efforts around a particular issue, and historically have been ‘voted in’ at General Assemblies. Past examples of CTs have included The Health Burden of the Fossil Fuel Industry and Ethical Electives. They are proposed by any Medsin member(s) who then have responsibility for overseeing the Theme, producing resources, organising campaigns.

This year’s theme is on Gender and Global Health. Gender equity is an aim which is not a reality in many countries across the world. Discrepancies in treatment between gender have a significant impact on health, from the high rates of male suicide to the ostracising of women during menstruation. It is impossible to impact global health without thinking about gender, illustrated by the Sustainable Development Goal dedicated to it. Gender intersects with many aspects of health, illness and disease to create worse and more complex health outcomes.  It is only through understanding the impact of gender on health that we can truly begin to tackle health inequities.

The mission of the Gender Equity National Working Group (NWG) is:

  • To raise awareness of the all-encompassing nature of gender.
  • To facilitate collaboration between different parts of the network.
  • To advocate for a better awareness of gender equity as a global health issue.
  • To start a campaign to raise awareness about gender equity as a global health issue.

For more information please email Julia