Our health is affected by many factors. This
includes sex, age, ethnicity, ability and sexuality. In society, we have expected roles
and responsibilities about what it is to be a woman or a man. This is known as gender.
Gender is a factor that impacts our health and wellbeing. Gender roles and responsibilities
create different health risks, needs and barriers. As community health services, we need to challenge
gender roles and stereotypes to achieve fair access to good health for everyone. So, how
do you become a gender-responsive community health service? When planning your programs
and services, don’t assume that all night services are equally accessible to everyone.
When delivering programs and services, be aware that women’s full-time earnings are
17 per cent less than men’s, which affects how they pay for services and treatments.
In your communications, take action to ensure that the information your client receives
is based on relevant gender-specific research. In your workplace, work to alter gender inequality
by mentoring and training women for positions of leadership. By being gender-responsive,
you create effective services and programs, you build productive workplaces, and you lead
in promoting gender equity. For more ideas on being gender responsive in your work, check
out ‘Why gender matters: a guide for community health services’. This resource was produced
by the Preventing Violence Together partnership.