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Addressing Gender Inequality in Healthcare
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Wednesday, 24 May 2023
Doors Open 19:30 | Event 20:00 - 22:30
De Niewe Anita

Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 1052 HN Amsterdam

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the gender disparities in healthcare and the persistent misrepresentation of women.


We'll explore the impact of gender bias in healthcare, from diagnosis and treatment to research and policy.


Where is the difference?

Gender in academic and industry carriers

This session will be looking at the challenges of women and men during their carriers. Is there a difference in academia and industry? If we know what the challenges are, what can we do about it? We will put our own experiences into the focus, learn from it and exchange opportunities to make things better.

Julia Lischke

Program Manager



The promise of FemTech for a better women’s health

There is a persistent health gap exists between men and women. Several international indexes show that women worldwide have poorer health than men and less access to healthcare services and medicines. Even in the Netherlands. Eventhough women live longer then men, figures from the Dutch Emancipation Monitor show that women's life expectancy without physical limitations is shorter than men's, at 70.8 years compared to 73.5 years. Compared to men, they also feel less healthy and experience physical and have more often psychological problems. 'FemTech' -- apps, products and services for women's (reproductive) health -- promises to contribute positively to women's health, filling the gaps in medical care. The Rathenau Institute studied whether, and if so, how health technologies specific for women can reduce the differences in health (care) between men and women.

Jaswina Elahi

Senior Researcher

Rathenau Institute


Does Size Matter?

On average, men are taller than women and weigh more, and the dimensions of their hearts and blood vessels are also slightly bigger. When men or women require surgery on their heart, the criteria for undergoing surgery are however the same for men and women. Is this OK?


Let’s take the example of patients whose main artery emerging from the heart (aorta) is abnormally large (thoracic aorta aneurysm). The larger your aorta is, the bigger the risk it tears or ruptures, which implies almost sudden death. Patients describe a thoracic aortic aneurysm often as walking around with a ticking time bomb in your chest. During this talk we will explore male-female differences in thoracic aortic aneurysm: are their differences between men and women in disease diagnosis, progression, and outcome? Do they get the same surgical treatment? And how do they cope with this horrible disease?

Hanneke Takkenberg

Environmental Psychologist | Marketing Manager

Northern Netherlands Plastic Foundation

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