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Gender: Equality

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will direct the Women and Equality Unit to form an advisory group on men’s health issues to support the implementation of the Equality Act 2006’s gender equality duties. (126724)

The Women and Equality Unit (WEU) and the Department of Health have been working together with the Men’s Health Forum to address health issues specific to men. They have provided funding for a number of events and will be supporting the Men’s Health Forum’s Conference later this month.

In addition, the Department of Health recently established a Gender Equality Advisory Group. The aim of the Group is to advise the Department on current health inequality trends and to provide a consultative forum on Department of Health policy initiatives that impact on the NHS. Key stakeholders represented on the Advisory Group include the Men’s Health Forum, the Equal Opportunities Commission and a number of other gender related advisory bodies across government as well as the Women and Equality Unit and the voluntary and community sector. The Group has already met and will be taking forward a number of gender specific actions including ones that affect men more generally such as prostate cancer.