GENDER EQUALITY DUTY
The Equality Act 2006 created an important new duty for NHS organisations: the 'gender duty'. The Men's Health Forum, the leading voluntary organisation promoting a gender-sensitive approach to health, is uniquely placed to offer help and information to enable organisations to prepare for and comply with the duty.
Since April 2007, the gender duty has required NHS organisations to:
Read about the five men's health issues the gender duties must address.
Visit the Resources and links page for more info from MHF and others, including the NHS Sefton's men's health plan.
The new duties require a significant change in policy and practice and what has been described as 'gender mainstreaming'. This means fully integrating an awareness of male and female health needs strategically and operationally throughout an organisation. It means moving beyond the assumption that 'gender' is limited to occasional awareness campaigns on sex-specific issues.
The Equality Act requires health organisations to develop and deliver effective work to improve men's health on a wide-ranging and systematic basis. While some organisations have a good track record in this area, for many it represents a new area of activity that will require significant support.
For information on training, consultancy or anything else from the Forum related to the gender duty, please contact us using the box below:
Page created on September 19th, 2008
Page updated on January 14th, 2010