Journal article

Gender and health inequities: A comment on the Final Report of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health

Lisa Michelle Bates, Olena Hankivsky, Kristen W Springer

SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

The Final Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health is a substantial and important contribution to understanding the social factors that shape global health inequities. Although gender is highlighted as a key social determinant of health, the report's conceptual approach inappropriately equates gender and health with women's health. This essay discusses the analytic and policy implications of this shortcoming.