People’s life experiences and circumstances are shaped by socially constructed roles, responsibilities, identities and expectations assigned to men and to women within and across cultures (Women’s Centre for Health Matters 2009, p. 2). Systemic disadvantage and barriers to health care can arise from gender roles, stereotyping and discrimination.

Implications for practice and service delivery

  • Be sensitive to gender and impacts of gender constructs.
  • Be alert to systemic disadvantage and barriers to services arising from gender roles, stereotyping and discrimination.