Before he knew his colleagues would embrace his transition, Ben Barres weighed a difficult decision: come out as transgender or commit suicide.   Born Barbara, the Stanford University neuroscientist died last year from pancreatic cancer. In his posthumously published…

After years of policies limiting births of girls and favoring sons, China and India face decades of work addressing the effects of their male-heavy generations. In those 2 countries, men outnumber women by 70 million—distorting the economy and paralleling an uptick in…

Africa has the world’s highest rate of communicable diseases. But a lack of good data on gender-specific mortality means “conclusions may rest on shaky foundations,” leading to weaker policies and programs, write Anne-Marie Hilsdon and Zachary Donnenfeld.

The head of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka blasted funding cuts as violence against women in conflict zones grows “worse than anything we’ve ever seen before.” Campaigners highlighted remarkable failures of the UK’s Angeline Jolie-fronted, 13-country violence prevention…

The WHO’s senior leadership team will now be 60% women.   The elite group of 14 working under Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus includes 2 female deputy directors: India’s former health secretary Soumya Swaminathan and Jane Ellison, once a UK parliamentary health…

A newly developed and validated tool called the Survey-based Women’s emPowERment (SWPER) index enables the quantitative measurement of progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 5: achieving gender equality and empowering all girls.

The complex relationship between gender and health gets broken down in a quirky 5-minute video from This Week in Global Health’s host Greg Martin.   He kicks things off by explaining gender and why it differs from sex, inequity and why it differs from inequality, and…

Corporations appear willing to make strong, very public stands on controversial issues as never before – most visibly seen in the Super Bowl ads on equal pay, immigration and the environment. In other venues as well, many corporations are also confronting new government…

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women globally, yet studies find that women are less likely to receive timely treatment, proper diagnosis and appropriate advice. Overcoming those disparities will be key to improving outcomes for female…

Women are underrepresented in clinical trials of HIV treatments, although the virus affects men and women almost equally, according to a systematic review published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. If gender proportions in the clinical samples are…