his publication was produced for WHO by Dr Karen Messing
from CINBIOSE, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada and
Dr Piroska östlin from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm,
Sweden, with input from Dr Claudia García-Moreno, Department
of Gender, Women and Health (GWH) and Dr Gerry Eijkemans,
Occupational and Environmental Health Unit in the Department of
Public Health and Environment (PHE), WHO.
The planning of this publication began at a WHO Symposium
entitled "Gender and Work-related Health Issues: Moving the Agenda
Forward", which Dr östlin coordinated for WHO at the Women Work
and Health Conference, held June 2-5, 2002, in Stockholm, Sweden.
The contributions to the Symposium provided valuable input to this
overview paper, and they covered: `Gender and health-related work
concerns in agriculture' by Dr Sophia Kisting, Occupational and
Environmental Health Research and Education Unit, University of
Capetown, South Africa; `Global gender issues in health and industrial
work' by Elisabeth Lagerlöf, European Foundation for the Improvement
of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin, Ireland, and `Women sex
workers' lives and prescriptions for their health' by Meena Shivdas,
Gender and development specialist in Singapore. These papers were
edited by Drs östlin and Messing and can be found on the website of
GWH on http://www.who.int/gender/publications.
WHO would also like to thank Dr Salma Galal, previously in GWH
and Dr Marilyn Fingerhut, previously in PHE, for their valuable
contributions to the development of this publication.
We hope that this collective work of women in the field of gender,
work and health can make a contribution to all working women in the