University of São Paulo: USP hosts the launch of the book “Gender and Health: a necessary articulation”

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On September 14, at 6 pm, the book Gender and Health: a necessary articulation will be released , in the Paula Souza auditorium of the Faculty of Public Health (FSP) at USP. The event will have a conversation with FSP teachers Cristiane da Silva Cabral and Carmen Simone Grilo Diniz, and guest Elaine Reis Brandão, one of the authors of the book. The work is available in printed format – via the Virtual Bookstore of Editora Fiocruz – and digitally, through the SciELO Books platform. platform .

Written by Elaine Reis Brandão and Fernanda de Carvalho Vecchi Alzuguir, both from the Institute of Studies in Collective Health at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Iesc/UFRJ), the publication brings together reflections accumulated by the authors in their teaching, research and extension experiences on the theme of gender, in the area of ​​public health. The purpose of the book is to present qualified approaches on the articulation between gender and health. According to the authors, this need imposes itself as an increasingly urgent task in view of the many social inequalities in health that have become evident in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

One of the main implications of gender on health mentioned by the teachers is the female overload in relation to the issue of care, generating physical and mental exhaustion, abandonment of jobs, unemployment and illness. In five chapters, the work is developed by presenting “the intimate intertwining between historical, sociological and anthropological studies on gender, social studies of science and technology and the field of health, which were consolidated throughout the second half of the 20th century until the present”, as stated by the authors.

Starting from a historical overview of gender, the authors focus on the issue of sexual and reproductive rights and discuss the importance of the intersectional approach, showing how social markers of gender, class, ethnicity, generation and race are mutually articulated, producing social hierarchies in health. . According to the authors, the volume proposes to dialogue with researchers, students, health professionals, public managers, activists of organized social movements and with the general public interested in the debate on gender and health.

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