Gender and health inequalities: intersections with other relevant axes of oppression

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Title: Gender and health inequalities: intersections with other relevant axes of oppression
Authors: Vives-Cases, Carmen | Eriksson, Malin | Goicolea, Isabel | Öhman, Ann
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Gender | Health | Inequalities
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2015
Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
Citation: Glob Health Action 2015, 8: 30292 -
Abstract: The risk of disease, disability, and mortality as well as access to health services are unfairly distributed among the population, with certain groups bearing an unequally larger burden of ill health and poorer access to care due to gender, sexual identity/orientation, ethnic background, or class. According to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), these health inequalities emanate from socioeconomic and political factors (governance, cultural values, macroeconomic policies), which generate a set of socioeconomic positions in society according to which populations are stratified based on gender, ethnicity, education, income, or other factors. These societal inequalities influence people’s material and psychosocial circumstances as well as behavioral and biological factors, which in turn impact on health inequalities. Tackling gender, race/ethnic, and socioeconomic inequalities in society is thus recognized as the most powerful action to cope with unequal health risks distribution, and social innovations focusing on these ‘root causes’ are needed in order to prevent and stop endemic social inequalities and social exclusion in health within low-income as well as high-income countries. Increasing existing knowledge and making visible the health status of the most vulnerable and invisible groups are critical in order to contribute to this imperative challenge.
ISSN: 1654-9880
DOI: 10.3402/gha.v8.30292
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2015 Carmen Vives-Cases et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
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