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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Mar;104 Suppl 1:S4-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2008.11.021. Epub 2009 Jan 19.

Women, gender equality, and diabetes.

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Division for the Advancement of Women, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York, NY 10017, USA.


Discussion of women, gender equality, and diabetes should be placed in the context of United Nations mandates on women's health which highlight the need for equal access to information, prevention activities, services, and care across the life cycle. Gender differences and inequalities have been identified in relation to causes and consequences of diabetes and access to services and support between women and men, and among different groups of women. Appropriate gender-sensitive policy responses, including research and data collection, need to be developed. The recent United Nations resolution on diabetes provides an opportunity to strengthen the focus on women and diabetes.

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