Intersex, transgender and gender diversity (2014)

This paper establishes WCHM’s basic orientation on intersex, transgender and gender diversity in relation to the organisation’s core business, and sets out some principles that will help to guide WCHM’s work in this area. From this point, WCHM can proceed to further explore what intersex, transgender and gender diversity means for the organisation and, indeed, for the women’s sector more broadly.

WCHM position paper on intersex transgender and gender diversity

WCHM position paper on intersex transgender and gender diversity

Sex disaggregated data (2010)

This paper has been compiled to provide greater understanding as to the specific definition and nature of sex disaggregated data. It seeks to demonstrate the importance of sex disaggregated data in gender analysis and specifically, to the work conducted by WCHM.

WCHM position paper on sex disaggregated data

WCHM position paper on sex disaggregated data

Gender sensitive health service delivery (2009)

Both women and men need and benefit from gender sensitive health service delivery, however, a vast majority of health research has been conducted about men and the results have frequently been applied to women, sometimes leading to inappropriate or ineffective interventions for women and a health system not free from the traditional biases against women. In recognition of this and in line with WCHM’s mission and strategic agenda, this paper defines a WCHM view of the principles and characteristics of gender sensitive health service delivery for women, to inform our responses to policy and to advocate for improvements to health services.

WCHM position paper on gender sensitive health service delivery

WCHM position paper on gender sensitive health service delivery

Gender sensitive mental health service delivery (2009)

Gender differences have an impact on mental health and the experience and course of women’s mental illness. For this reason, women’s mental health can only truly be understood by considering not only the biological and physiological, but also the social, cultural, economic and personal contexts of a woman’s life. Evidence suggests that practitioners who implement this knowledge into their services—that is those who are ‘gender-sensitive’—achieve better health outcomes for women. This paper defines a WCHM view of the principles and characteristics of gender sensitive mental health service delivery for women, to inform our responses to policy and to advocate for improvements to mental health services.

WCHM position paper on gender sensitive mental health service delivery

WCHM position paper on gender sensitive mental health service delivery