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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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GOMEZ GOMEZ, Elsa. Equity, gender, and health: challenges for action. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2002, vol.11, n.5-6, pp. 454-461. ISSN 1020-4989.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892002000500024.

The Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have mandated that the Organization apply a gender perspective in all aspects of the Organization's activities and its technical cooperation in the area of health with the PAHO Member States. This article points out the need to eradicate unjust gender differences that affect the right and access to health care that is appropriate for women. The piece explains the differences between equity and equality and between gender and sex, and how gender equity should come about in the state of health, in health care, and in all people's efforts to engender health. It is hoped the piece will contribute to a better understanding of the situation, thus helping to eliminate inequities that are due to sex, socioeconomic factors, and the distribution of power.

Keywords : equidad; género; salud de la mujer.

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