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Where have all the men gone? Health, gender and social justice

Monday, 17 June 2013 

Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street

Globally, men experience a higher burden of disease and lower life expectancy than women, but policies focusing on the health needs of men are notably absent from the strategies of global health organisations. The ‘Global Burden of Disease: 2010’ study shows that all of the top ten causes of premature death and disability, and top ten behavioural risk factors driving rates of ill-health around the world, affect men more than they affect women. A review of institutional strategies, however, finds that efforts and resources are more often focused on the health needs of women.  This may miss an opportunity to promote truly gender transformative policies and programmes that include men and boys, and result in better health outcomes for everyone.

The talk will analyse evidence that gender norms drive some of these differences in health outcomes, and will suggest how we might move forward to develop a truly gender-equitable global health approach.


Dr Sarah Hawkes


Dr  Julian Walker -  The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

Dr Jenny Parkes – Institute of Education

  • Symposium Starts - 5pm
  • Panel & Audience Discussion - 5.30pm
  • Drinks reception - 6.30pm

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