Why are you interested in gender equity?

Gender is an important determinant of health and without achieving gender equity, we cannot hope to achieve health equity. Gender inequality and restrictive gender norms impact health in many ways, influencing how people access health services and how health systems respond to people's needs. The intersection of gender with race, sexual orientation, economic status and many other factors further impacts the ability to realize good health.

We feel there is much to learn from the world in terms of how other countries and cultures conceptualize and frame gender equity. This may include how countries define or describe gender equity (e.g. in terms of "gender equality," "women's equality," "women's empowerment,” etc.); how they measure gender equity and determine when it has actually been achieved, and even the very meaning of gender itself, beyond the male/female binary. We are interested in how concepts such as these may be operationalized to foster a culture of inclusion and fairness for everyone.