Worldwide, differential patterns of health and well-being exist for women and men, girls and boys. Although women, on average, outlive men by 2 to 4 years, girls and women tend to suffer a higher burden of disability and morbidity overall. Biology alone cannot explain these differences. Addressing the contributions of restrictive and harmful gender norms in generating sex differences in health and well-being is fundamental to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 ("Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls") and to reaching other SDGs, including those related to health, poverty, hunger, education, peace, justice, and strong institutions. In her talk, Dr. Weber will discuss her work in leading a diverse set of analyses by international collaborators for the second paper in The Lancet series on Gender Equality, Norms, and Health. She will present findings from case studies that leveraged existing survey data to generate new evidence of the influence of gender norms on health disparities for women and men, girls and boys, globally.
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At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
Understand how gender norms can create gendered pathways to health, including different gendered exposures or behaviors, or differential access to health care, and how these in turn lead to health inequalities for people everywhere
- Public health professionals
- Community members
Duration: ~ 1 hour
Continuing Education: N/A
Speaker: Ann Weber, PhD MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
Ann Weber, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Ann Weber is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Community Health Sciences. She received her PhD and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. In her research, Dr. Weber aims to reduce disparities in child outcomes that arise in situations of poverty, inadequate education, and gender and racial inequalities. Much of her work focuses on rigorously assessing program effectiveness in global contexts, as well as the development of new measures to assess early childhood interventions and pathways to their success. Because the goal of reducing disparities in child outcomes crosses disciplinary boundaries, so too does her research, which intersects with the fields of maternal health, nutrition, developmental psychology, education and gender equity.
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