Engender Project

The Project was launched on Tuesday October 18th 2011 13:30 Inventory of good practices in Europe for promoting gender equity in health The project started in November 2009 for a period of 2 years and part funded by EAHC (Executive Agency for Health and Consumers) who implement the EU Health Programme and the Consumer Programme. In the ongoing work, the Engender Project is creating an Inventory (documentary database) of good practice, promoting gender equity in health. This will contribute to more effective and equitable health policies for women and men. More policies and interventions reducing inequalities are being implemented globally, however, there is a lack of information and knowledge on effective, promising policies and programmes that may improve gender equity in health. There is a lack of specific guides available to policy makers, assisting them make informed policy decisions to improve gender equity in health. The ENGENDER partnership will review at European and regional levels, examples of good practice, policies and interventions in the health and other sectors that have successful, positive impacts. Analysis of good practice will include examples of policies and programmes from all relevant policy sectors (not just from the health sector) that promote equal opportunities for both women and men to live a healthy life. Good practices may involve a broad range of measures such as:

  • legislation against sexual harassment at work,
  • equal pay for equal work,
  • prevention of work related injuries,
  • sanctions against violence against women,
  • increasing women’s participation in decision making at all levels,
  • health promotion programmes adjusted to the women’s and men’s reality i.e
  • to reduce smoking,
  • excessive alcohol consumption,
  • poor diet,
  • lack of exercise, etc, and
  • measures to create equal availability of prevention or rehabilitation programmes,
  • accessibility to health care, just to mention a few.

ENGENDER is using the policy areas identified by the Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network, to review both good and promising practices in the European region. Apart from WHO, the partnership will consider other international agency work in this area (relevant for the European region) to include ILO, UNIFEM, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, OECD and the UN Economic Commission for Europe. The overall objective of the ENGENDER project is to contribute to the information and knowledge base on effective and equitable policies, programmes and institutional arrangements in Europe designed to promote gender equity in health and reduce inequalities. The project is coordinated by the Karolinska Institute in partnership with 9 associate partners all of whom have expertise in research, public health, gender issues and health policy. ENGENDER will develop the first Inventory of good practices to promote gender equity in health. The ENGENDER partnership is reviewing, at European and regional levels, examples of good practice, policies and interventions in the health and other sectors that have successful, positive impacts.  the correct images? This work was made possible through funding provided by the European Commission, Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) and undertaken as work for European network on policies and interventions to tackle gender based inequities in health

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