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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
COUTO, Marcia Thereza and GOMES, Romeu. Men, health and public policies: gender equality in question. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.10, pp.2569-2578. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012001000002.
The scope of this article is to pose questions on the theme of Men, Health and Public Policies to render debate on the subject viable, based on theoretical and empirical references related to these issues. Initially, some historical landmarks on the theme are presented to provide guidelines for debate. An overview of the gender agenda in public policies is then presented to introduce the discussion about the inclusion of a gender perspective in healthcare policies. After this discussion, queries are raised about whether or not policies geared to men's health promote gender equality. In the closing remarks, the complexity involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of health policies aimed at gender equality is highlighted. The need for the Brazilian policy geared towards men's health to be implemented with other policies such that the gender matrix is transversal in the healthcare field is also stressed.
Keywords : Public policies; Men; Health; Gender.