In this paper, we jointly address two connected issues that should be addressed together more purposefully within both public health policies and programmes: the health and well-being of men and boys, and the focus on equity versus equality from a gender perspective. Awareness of these issues has boosted the debate on the impacts of gender inequality on health and men’s role within it. Although this essay is not intended as an in-depth review on the subject, we provide a brief approach to some critical factors interwoven in the process of achieving greater gender equality. We identify some of the challenges that may arise for both policy and new research that seek to assume a relational gender approach that also pays greater attention to men’s health.
- Public health
- health policy
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Contributors JMM and CAD conceived the paper. JMM wrote the draft with input from AGG, JTM and CAD. All authors reviewed the manuscript and approved the final version.
Funding This paper received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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