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Advancing gender equ(al)ity, lifting men’s health: dealing with the spirit of our time
  1. Jorge Marcos-Marcos1,
  2. Angel Gasch-Gallén2,
  3. José Tomás Mateos3,
  4. Carlos Álvarez-Dardet4,5,6
  1. 1 Department of Health Psychology, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
  2. 2 Department of Physiatrist and Nursing, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  3. 3 Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain
  4. 4 Public Health Research Group, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
  5. 5 University Research Institute for Gender Studies, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
  6. 6 Biomedical Research Networking Center for Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Jorge Marcos-Marcos, Department of Health Psychology, University of Alicante, Edificio Polivalente III, 03690-Campus San Vicente Del Raspeig, Campus De San Vicente Del Raspeig, Ap.99. E-03080 Alicante, Spain; jorge.marcosmarcos{at}; marcosmarcos.jorge{at}


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
  • gender
  • health policy

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  • Twitter Jorge Marcos-Marcos @j_marcosmarcos, Ángel Gasch-Gallén @GaschAngel, José Tomás Mateos @jtmateos, Carlos Álvarez-Dardet @CAlvarezdardet.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement There are no data in this work. All data relevant to the study are included in the article or uploaded as supplementary information.