Engendering International Health

From Basic Bioethics

Engendering International Health

The Challenge of Equity

Edited by Gita Sen, Piroska Ostlin and Asha George





Engendering International Health presents the work of leading researchers on gender equity in international health. Growing economic inequalities reinforce social injustices, stall health gains, and deny good health to many. In particular, deep-seated gender biases in health research and policy institutions combine with a lack of well-articulated and accessible evidence to downgrade the importance of gender perspectives in health. The book's central premise is that unless public health changes direction, it cannot effectively address the needs of those who are most marginalized, many of whom are women.

The book offers evidence and analysis for both low- and high-income countries, providing a gender and health analysis cross-cut by a concern for other markers of social inequity, such as class and race. It details approaches and agendas that incorporate, but go beyond, commonly acknowledged issues relating to women's health; and it brings gender and equity analysis into the heart of the debates that dominate international health policy.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262194693 467 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


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Gita Sen

Gita Sen is Sir Ratan Tata Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India, and Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Piroska Ostlin

Piroska Östlin is a Senior Researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and a Research Associate at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

Asha George

Asha George is a Research Consultant, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India.


  • In a skillfully crafted volume, the editors have brought together the diverse insights of an outstanding collection of contributors into a path-breaking synthesis of new visions in gender and global health. A must for all global health scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners.

    Lincoln Chen

    Director, Global Equity Initiative, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

  • In Engendering International Health, recognized world authorities in their fields deal with a complex subject in a readable, scientifically sound, objective, and comprehensive way. For anyone concerned about health equity, this book provides an indispensable gender lens that brings into focus an important dimension of inequity that is often overlooked.

    Mahmoud F. Fathalla

    Professor, Assiut University, Egypt, and Former President, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

  • Engendering International Health is truly innovative and unique, both in the way it brings together evidence from high- and low-income countries and in its multidimensional approach to health equity, offering rare insights into the interactions between gender and other social determinants. The book will serve as a major reference work for research and policy analysis in the fields of gender, equity, and health for years to come.

    Margaret Whitehead

    W. H. Duncan Chair of Public Health, University of Liverpool, UK

  • This book provides a brilliant analysis of gender and equity that helps to explain the social determinants of health and ill health. The authors demonstrate why gender analysis must be on national and international health agendas if we want to effectively address the needs of the poor and marginalized, most of whom are women. I am sure that this book will be helpful for researchers, policymakers, and activists interested in designing policies and strategies to reduce inequities and promote women's health and rights.

    Pascoal Mocumbi

    Prime Minister of Mozambique