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Beware of Clichés Related to Gender and Health!

20 Oct 2017 | By INSERM (Newsroom) | Institutional and special event

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In terms of health, men and women are not painted with the same brush. This is due not just to their biology but also to social, cultural and economic reasons, which are not always taken into account. Gender stereotypes influence medical practices, research, teaching and patient behaviors, leading to situations of gender inequality and discrimination in the management of and access to healthcare.

The Inserm Ethics Committee and its “Gender and Health Research” Working Group have decided to try to raise the awareness of a wide audience on health inequalities through a series of short films, called Gender and Health: beware of clichés!, co-produced by Inserm, CNRS, and Université Paris-Diderot. CNRS and Université Paris-Diderot are the only higher education establishments in France to have set up structures dedicated to gender equality. The project is also supported by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

The 6 one-minute films[1] warn of the stereotypes in six domains of medicine and research: depression, life expectancy, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, pain, and brain imaging. These short films have been designed to raise the awareness of healthcare professionals and patients with a view to promoting greater equality in medicine for the benefit of both sexes.


These videos have been released in the run-up to the “JRS Inserm” international conference, to be held in Paris on November 23, 2017, on the theme “Sex and Gender in Health Care and Research : An Innovative Articulation[2]


[1] The films, produced by Véronique Kleiner and available in French, English, and with subtitles, can be found on Inserm’s YouTube channel, at:


Researcher Contact
Catherine Vidal // Jennifer Merchant Membres du comité d'éthique de l'Inserm Groupe "Genre et recherche en santé" moc.liamg@50057ladivc rf.2sirap-u@tnahcrem.refinnej