Mental Health

The gender dimension of mental health is related to the power and control that women and men have over the factors affecting their psychological well-being. Gender-specific risk factors for common mental disorders that disproportionately affect women include gender-based violence, socio-economic disadvantage, low income and income inequality, low or subordinate social status and unremitting responsibility for the care of others. Gender differences occur particularly in the rates of common psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders – areas in which women suffer more than men. Studies show gender bias among physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and prescription of mood-altering psychotropic drugs. Women’s high exposure to sexual violence makes them more prone to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More research is needed to develop effective prevention campaigns and services and to make treatment more gender-sensitive and readily available.

GIRLS FORUM: Lyn Mikel Brown Counters the “Mean Girl” Onslaught with Strength-Based Programs

February 5, 2009 posted by admin As someone who studies girl culture and as a mother of a 13 year old, I can't miss the avalanche of "mean girls" in the media and what it suggests to my daughter; to all our daughters. Can we imagine a girl-targeted reality show, sitcom, or drama that doesn't revolve around a catfight?  Do we really need more movies like Bride Wars or another Jennifer-Angelina magazine cover with an inset of Brad in the corner? It seems like the only public displays of sisterhood we see any more involve girls collectively dissing other "bad" girls or commiserating over break ups with guys. As an education professor, I spend a lot of time in public schools.


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Burning Questions at the AWID Conference

December 3, 2008 posted by admin We're pleased to bring you a report from the AWID conference in South Africa last month, from Sande Smith, Director of Public Education at the Global Fund for Women.  If you've attended a conference or event that you'd like to share with us, please email us at ncrw@regender.org. And now, here's Sande! During this, my first Association of Women’s Rights in Development forum,  I heeded the advice of colleagues on how to manage the conference without falling prey to overwhelm. And to their advice, I added my own insight: follow a thread.


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