Gender equity

Gender equity takes into account that people may have different resources and needs because of their sex/gender. These inequalities should be reduced from a gender equity perspective. This means that it may be necessary to provide more resources to one group than another. For example, it is known in health research that the need for hip and knee surgery is particularly high among women and that this need is met less often than among other sexes/genders. Accordingly, from a gender equity perspective, sufficient resources should be allocated to women to meet this high demand. However, the concept of gender equity carries the risk of perpetuating stereotypes about gender roles. The idea of gender equity must therefore not be misused to justify and entrench an unequal position of sexes/genders. It should be ensured at all times that the term does not prevent an open exchange about discrimination.


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