Gender in Health Governance Tool

  • Mahesh Shukla, Belkis Giorgis

Why is Gender Responsiveness in Health Governance so important? Gender-responsiveness in governance has the potential to enhance positive health outcomes not only for women but also for the entire community. Women play three important roles in a health system: 1) as decision makers; 2) as health workers and health care providers; and 3) as users of services. Nevertheless, governance structures in health systems and health institutions are most often dominated by men. As a result, issues faced by women in leadership, governance, and management roles, women in the health workforce, and women as users of health services are too often ignored.