The council of the European Union has published its conclusions on men and gender equality arising from its meeting of 30 November and 1 December 2006.
It draws attention to ‘gender-based differences in health risks in member sates, which are costly in both economic and human terms’. It says that ‘lifestyles, which have a significant impact on health, are influenced by gender-related norms and conceptions that may differ in respect of women and men.’
It goes on to say that the Council of the European Union ‘STRESSES that the recognition of the gender dimension in health is an essential part of EU health policies and that health promotion projects and services should be tailored, as appropriate, to women's or men's needs.’
The EMHF has welcomed the conclusions which can be downloaded in full here.