What Does Gender Equality Mean for Health Workers—and for Health Systems?

What exactly does it mean to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment? Search these phrases on the web and the results are anything but straightforward. If you’re like me, you may even be grappling with the idea of “empowerment.”For health workers, empowerment often means supporting clients to reach their full health potential. You can explore these concepts further in the Global Health eLearning Center’s new online course, Gender and Health Systems Strengthening—a free how-to guide for promoting gender equality in global health interventions.A collaborative effort by several experts on gender, international development, and health systems strengthening, the course offers an overview of gender equality and women’s empowerment and delves into making these concepts a reality.Gender and the Health WorkforceAt IntraHealth International, advocating for the health workforce means examining how gender influences the way health workers are recruited and retained, the professional development opportunities available to them, and distribution of positions.Of course, promoting gender equality in health systems has numerous implications for health workers’ clients, as well.So where does gender come into play with data? Take health services: if clinics only operate during hours when women are typically working, then a huge portion of the population has been left without access to basic care

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What Does Gender Equality Mean for Health Workers—and for Health Systems?