Whereas the feasibility study approached a core set of indicators of women's health, the Profile of Women's Health applied a sex- and gender-based analysis to mainstream data sources in Manitoba in order to develop a comprehensive picture of women's health.
Many of the questions equity indicators seek to answer --such as how is health affected for different population groups--are the same types of questions asked in sex- and gender-based analysis.
In the fall of 2009, ACEWH, BCCEWH, and PWHCE planned a series of workshops on sex- and gender-based analysis to complement the book.
While the workshops--and the book that inspired the workshops--challenge health planners, programmers, policymakers, researchers, and individuals from community-based organizations to think more deeply about sex and gender, it also provides them with a framework to help people "rise to the challenge" of understanding sex- and gender-based analysis and integrating it into their work.
Jennifer Bernier is the Sex- and Gender-based Analysis Coordinator for the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
CWHN and the Centres of Excellence continue to work as part of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Women, Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addictions (established in 2006) to promote the need for a sex- and gender-based analysis, especially as the Commission begins to implement its recommendations.
The articles in this issue of Network reiterate some of the key points of the Working Group's report and demonstrate how important it is to include a sex- and gender-based analysis in mental health to create programs and develop models of care that effectively address the needs of all Canadians.
In fact, research shows that a sex- and gender-based analysis leads to better science.
The effects of a lack of a sex- and gender-based analysis of poverty and homelessness can already be demonstrated in the MHCC's homelessness project.