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Using the Gender Lens Tool 

Use the Gender Lens Tool Chart to guide your exploration of your topic.

STEP 1:

  • Start by choosing an area that interests you (eg. asthma, lung cancer, diabetes) and start to fill in the table.

STEP 2: ARE THERE GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ....

  • You will need to identify whether there are any gender differences in the condition with respect to the items in the right hand column: incidence/prevalence, etc.

  • Often the data exists but has never been looked at from a gender perspective - go ahead and "mine" the data !

  • In other circumstances, there are no data as to whether gender differences exist in this areas and you may need to do the research yourself !!

STEP 3: WHAT FACTORS MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO THESE DIFFERENCES?

  • Start hypothesizing as to which biological and gender factors might contribute to the differences that you have discovered.

  • See if there is any information available in the literature to support your hypotheses. You may be very surprised about the results, or that, in fact, there are significant gaps in our knowledge.

STEP 4: IDENTIFY THE GAPS, ADDRESS THE GAPS

  • This is your opportunity to identify the gaps and start to adressing them. We are all scientists at heart.

  • Engage your collegues, your teachers, your friends. This is how we acquire new knowledge!

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