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Chapter 13

Gender, Health and Care

1. Why focus on Women to Understand and Improve Health Care:

- Women and men use health care system differently

- Women provide paid & unpaid health care work, majority of women receiving care (women’s work).

- Few women in positions of power within health care services and policy organization

- Box 13.2: medication and women (p. 336)

What has been done?

- What is gender-sensitive- recognition on how gender shapes and is shaped by other conditions, practices and relations of power and market and how they produce inequality.

- Means how gender intersects with other social locations; age, income, culture, disability, and racialization

What is gender sensitive research? (p. 333)
- Emerged within and from the women’s movement – demonstrates the importance of gender (men & women) - Relations between men & women
- Power relations (emphasizes on subordination shared by all women) - Gender- sensitive research – can study both men and women without searching for comparison - Developed many tools of analysis – that helps us to see gendered causes, processes, and consequences.

2. Legislation and Policies in Canada to include a gender-sensitive analysis in health care (pressure from women movement)

- Women’s Health Bureau
- Centre of Excellence Program for Women’s Health
- Canadian Women’s Health Network
- Canadian Institute of Health Research - Institute of Gender and Health

-Health Canada – recognition of gender as a determinant of health (p. 334), gender draws attention to the social construction of female/male differences (Reiker & Bird)

3.(Romanow Report, 2002)

- 80 % of women provide paid & unpaid health care, majority receiving care (women’s work).

What are the failures in this report? (p.340)

Accessible, Appropriate Care

- Recognition that men and women...
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