Rising to the challenge: sex and gender-based analysis for health planning, policy and research in Canada

Posted 08/06/23
Institution: Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health

While there are many resources available on sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA), we believe that important contribution to the field for a number of reasons. First, this book represents a timely response to a growing demand and appetite for sex and gender‑based analysis in government, civil society and among researchers. Second, it complements introductory guides and checklists – which comprise the majority of SGBA materials – by inviting readers to engage in a deeper, extended discussion about the changing meanings of “sex” and “gender” and their current and potential roles in health and society. Third, it treats SGBA as a process, rather than a tool or template, thereby emphasizing its flexibility and transferability across sectors, disciplines and regions. Finally, the case studies offer concrete examples of SGBA and are based, in large measure, on Canadian data that will be familiar to and relevant for decision makers, program managers, practitioners, researchers and others.

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This book is divided into eight chapters. The first three chapters provide background material on sex‑ and gender‑based analysis, including a discussion of core concepts in sex‑ and gender‑based analysis as well as an explanation of the approach to SGBA embodied in this guide. Chapters 4 through 7 comprise a series of case studies and commentaries illustrating the application of SGBA to surveillance data, literature reviews and systematic reviews, health surveys, health policy making, health protection and health program development. These two sections together demonstrate that sex‑ and gender‑based analysis is a process that involves asking critical questions of all kinds of evidence and that can be applied to many different dimensions of health research, healthy planning and policy‑making and communication. Chapter 8 includes our concluding remarks as well as a look at emerging directions in sex‑ and gender‑based analysis.


Clow B, Pederson A, Haworth-Brockman M, Bernier J. Rising to the challenge: sex- and gender-based analysis for health planning, policy and research in Canada. 2009.

Languages: English
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