Gender and Health: Down With Clichés !


When it comes to health, women and men are not equal. This is not only due to their biological differences, but to social, cultural and economic factors which are not always taken into account. Gender stereotypes influence medical training and practices, research, as well as how patients behave. This in turn creates discrimination and gender inequalities in both medical supervision and access to healthcare.

“Genre et Santé : attention aux clichés !” [Gender and Health: Down With Clichés !] is a series of one-minute films designed to raise awareness of a wide audience on health inequalities between women and men. The aim is to promote greater equality in medicine for both women and men.

The series, which was initiated by the Inserm Ethics Committee and its "Gender and Health Research" working group, covers six themes: depression, life expectancy, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, pain and brain imaging.

Gender and Health: Down With Clichés! Cardiovascular diseases - educational animation - 1 min 30 (2017)

Watch the 6 movies : French version, English version

This series is directed by Véronique Kleiner and co-produced by Inserm, the CNRS, Paris Diderot University. The latter two are the only public higher education institutions in France to have launched and sustained missions dedicated to gender equality. This film project is also sponsored by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Institut universitaire de France.


These videos also serve to launch the “JRS Inserm” international conference on “Sex and Gender in Health Care and Research : An Innovative Articulation”[2] to be held in Paris on November 23rd 2017.


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