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Gender Equity and Analysis Resources

Gender Analysis Resources

Gender-Analysis-Planning-Tool-17-June-2016-1Gender analysis is a process of considering gender and gender inequalities when analysing data and program planning.  Gender analysis can assist in ensuring that the diverse needs of a community are comprehensively addressed, contributing to the creation of equitable and inclusive communities. 

WHIN has developed three resources to assist organisations to apply a gendered lens to their work. 

The Gender Analysis Overview provides a brief introduction to key concepts of gender analysis and the rationale for applying a gendered lens to all plans, policy and practice. 

The Gender Analysis Planning Tool is designed for use during planning processes and can be applied to organisational policies, corporate plans, projects, programs and services.  It guides staff on which questions to ask at each stage of program, policy and service planning. 

The Gender Equity Organisational Assessment assists managers, executives, human resources teams and other staff to assess whether current workplace policies and practices are gender sensitive.  The checklist can be used to identify strengths and gaps to inform work plans. 

Women in Melbourne's North - A Data Book

databookcoverWomen's Health In the North has released its 2nd Data Book on Women in Melbourne's North. This extensive e-book - presented in two volumes - is essential for anyone planning programs or services for women in Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Yarra, Whittlesea and Nillumbik.

Use the sex-disaggregated data to:

  • access current information on local women
  • guide gender-specific health and wellbeing planning
  • improve health outcomes
  • begin to address the structural inequalities that limit women's lives

Women in Melbourne's North - A Data Book - Volume 1

Women in Melbourne's North - A Data Book - Volume 2

Using a Feminist Approach to Strengthen the Focus on the Social Determinants of Women’s Health

This article by Kerryn Lewis and Anna Stewart follows on from a previous paper Does Combining Health Promotion and Feminist Frameworks Equal Better Health Outcomes for Women? written for and presented at the 6th Australian Women’s Health Conference in Tasmania in May 2010. Kerryn presented on this paper at the Australian Health Promotion Conference in Cairns in April 2011.


Health promotion and feminist theory have much in common, including a belief that a more equitable society produces better health outcomes for its citizens. Both theories offer critiques of the medical model and argue that ‘health’ goes beyond the physical body. Furthermore, a key focus for health promotion practitioners and feminists alike is to address the structural influences on women’s health.

Research suggests that health promotion theory produces better health outcomes when it is combined with other theories. This paper highlights how combining feminist theory with health promotion theory can strengthen action to improve women’s health outcomes.

In order to illustrate this, we apply a feminist health promotion approach to the issue of violence against women. A gendered health promotion approach to violence against women identifies the root causes as gender inequities, gender stereotyping and attitudes to violence against women. Adding a feminist analysis expands on this, deepens our understanding and offers us additional strategies to prevent violence against women in a more effective way.

We demonstrate how applying a feminist approach to health promotion can ensure that a ‘comprehensive’ gendered approach is always undertaken, and as such the focus and analysis of the social determinants of women’s health is strengthened.

tralian Women’s Health Conference in 2010. Kerryn presented on this paper at the Australian Health Promotion Association Conference in Cairns in May 2011.

Full paper can be accessed here.