Women and men differ in biology, the roles and responsibilities that society assigns to them and their positions in the family and community. This affects the risk they take, those they are exposed to, their efforts to improve their health, and how the health system responds to their needs. It may also have implications for the causes, consequences and management of disease and ill health.Read more
Top storyEuropean HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week 2016: Test. Treat. Prevent.
Safe and effective treatments exist that allow people living with HIV and/or viral hepatitis B to lead healthy and long lives. Those living with hepatitis C can be cured.
- Day 3 highlights: agreement on women’s health strategy and action plans for HIV and viral hepatitis
- WHO/Europe launches new report on women’s health and well-being in Europe
- WHO governing body for the European Region convenes with eight strategic proposals on the agenda
Women’s health reportBeyond the mortality advantage. Investigating women’s health in Europe
The report has been developed to inform discussion at the technical briefing on women’s health to be held during the 65th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania, 14–17 September 2015Read more
PublicationsMaking tobacco a thing of the past: Roadmap of actions to strengthen implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the European Region 2015 – 2025 (2015) More publications
In countriesDevelopment of a new child and adolescent health strategy in the Republic of Moldova More country work
Gender is used to describe the characteristics of women and men that are socially constructed, while sex refers to those that are biologically determined. People are born female or male, but learn to be girls and boys who grow into women and men. This learned behaviour makes up gender identity and determines gender roles. The WHO gender policy 2002 defines the terms below.Read more
Data and statistics
•Survey data from several countries in the Region show that women in all countries are subject to violence by their intimate partners. In the European Region (EU), 1 in 5 women have been victims of domestic violence.More data