Essay on Gender As A Social Determinant Of Health

983 Words Jun 10th, 2016 4 Pages
GENDER AS A SOCIAL DETERMINANT OF HEALTH
The purpose of this report is to discuss the role of gender power dynamics in shaping the social determinants of health. Currently, men and women are not considered equal in economic, legal and social rights around the world. Women tend to be worse off and as a result suffer more and lead to poorer health than men. Taking measures to reduce and address these inequalities in health by emphasizing on Women’s rights is effective in ensuring that there is a shared allocation of health resources between both genders.
A developed country such as Canada still faces these problems and proves to be existent in all economies. According to the World Economic Forum, Canada now ranks 30th in an annual global ranking of gender equality behind countries such as Rwanda, Philippines and South Africa (Global News 2015).

The report will highlight:
• Firstly, the cycle of poor health for women from childhood.
• Secondly, prevalence of HIV/AIDs in women
• Thirdly, consequences of health related behavior
• Lastly, recommendation challenging our patriarchal norms

CYCLE OF POOR HEALTH FOR WOMEN
Women suffer because of the discriminatory values and norms that continue to be prevalent in our cultures, where we have patriarchal systems. Impact of gender discrimination on health begins from the fetal stage with malnutrition in young pregnant women. The effects of malnutrition in babies and adolescence are devastating for girls. Girls who are malnourished from…

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