The European Institute of Women’s Health’s research reports and communication materials highlight that the incidence and prevalence of some diseases are higher in women than men, while others affect men and women differently. Gender is an important variable in understanding health and health behaviour. For example, in response to the EU Commission’s consultation on health inequalities (2009), the Institute recommended that more information and awareness on certain diseases pertinent to women was needed.
- Promote health throughout the lifespan of women, men and children.
- Ensure quality and equity in health policy, research treatment and care.
- Draw policy makers attention to the obstacles that minority and socio-economic disadvantaged groups face in obtaining a desirable health status.
- Promote individuals to play an active part in being fully engaged in their own health.
- Campaign for gender-specific bio-medical and socio-economic research that addresses sex (biological and physiological) and gender-based differences to ensure access to quality treatment and care for women across their life span.
The promotion of gender equity has been a long-standing theme in the philosophy and operations of the EU; for example, mainstreaming of gender was formalised in the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997). However, efforts to date are not sufficient in respect of the creation of equitable and inclusive European healthcare systems that realistically and pragmatically identify and address the needs of women.
For more information, see the EIWH Brochure
The European Institute of Women’s Health currently has a diverse membership spanning all twenty-seven EU Member States of over eighty individuals and organisations with expertise and interest in women’s health. The Institute is actively working to support and expand its membership.
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