The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally affected the socio-economic conditions of women for a number of reasons. The health and care sectors show that the pandemic poses new challenges but also exacerbates existing problems. Despite the majority of the workers in this sector being female, most Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is fitted to a standard-sized man, leaving women sub-optimally protected. Unpaid care work disproportionally hinders women to access education, employment or leisure activities. NEXT GENERATION EU addresses gender equality in health as a priority for society and fair growth.


Who's in charge of this challenge?

UNIPI. The University of Pisa is a public institution with twenty departments, and high level research centres in the agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine sectors.

What is the expected contribution?

  • Increase the awareness of the crucial role a gender-oriented perspective is capable of playing in healthcare, even in light of the formulation of future EU policies.
  • Investigate gender budgeting as a useful instrument for the implementation of the right to healthcare from a gender perspective
  • Propose a specific Toolkit as a practical instrument to foster a gender-oriented approach to healthcare.

Challenge topics

  • Gender Medicine
  • Gender Health
  • Healthcare systems
  • Financial policies in the healthcare sector


  • Action 1. Definition of the Network, programming and design

  • Action 2. Training on the gendered aspects of health
  • Action 3. Training on the relationship among gendered aspects of healthcare and financing systems in the Italian healthcare context
  • Action 4.Creation of a Toolkit for the adoption of a gender approach to the medical analysis of patients and thus to healthcare
  • Action 5. Research activities on the role of gender budgeting as an important instrument for the national healthcare system
  • Action 6. Final event for the dissemination of the research results



5th of November 2021,  Pisa (IT) – “La formazione medica e il contributo delle scienze umane. Cambiamenti nella professione e nuove traiettorie di cura .” Download the agenda

During this event there will be a discussion regarding the medical sector in relation with the training especially in France, and will be presented the french manual “Médicine, santé et sciences humaines” for the medical area and the Wise4Challenges project. In this session will take part also some directors of medical university. This event is part of the Conference on the Future of Europe: https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/Health/f/4/meetings/77947

Summary of the meeting –>https://www.scom.eu/2021/11/15/summary-medical-education-contribution-human-sciences-changes-profession-new-trajectories-care-5th-november/


18th-20th of November 2021, Rocca di Bertinoro (IT) – “Personalizzazione della cura e partecipazione dei cittadini nella società digitale sindemica.” During the 18th and 19th of November, professors, researchers, doctors and others specialized, will talk about the personalisation of care in the syndemic digital society. While Saturday 20th November will be focused on the workshop for PhD students and young researchers about sociology journals, its methodology and conceptual framework, as you can see here.

FINAL OUTPUT: Toolkit: “Gender and medicine The importance of a gender perspective in medical practice to promote the health system”


Take our survey and help us understand people’s needs and vision.

Text of the survey: ADE Medicina di genere a.a 2020/2021 Prof.ssa Rita Biancheri

  1. Name and surname
  2. Year of attendance: IV
  3. Have you ever heard of gender medicine?
  4. If so, in what courses and/or on what occasions?
  5. In your opinion, how would you improve the training/teaching on these issues in your degree course?
  6. Are you aware of the legislative framework concerning the usage and dissemination of gender medicine? Do you believe that the existing legislation and reference centers are useful?
  7. In your opinion, what are the main factors hindering a widespread presence of gender medicine?
  8. Do you deem gender medicine to be useful for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and why?
  9. In your opinion, is it possible to implement this approach in hospitals and ambulatory practices?
  10. What methods/instruments can be used to improve clinical anamnesis?
  11. Why is it better to talk about a gender perspective in healthcare?
  12. Observations and suggestions

If you’re interested, please contact us.


Rita Biancheri, Professor in Sociology. Graduated in Philosophy and History with honours at the University of Pisa, Rita Bianchieri is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pisa where she teaches “Sociology of the family, cultures and management of health processes” and “Gender cultures and society”. She has the scientific habilitation to the Grade A in “General Sociology” and “Sociology of the Cultural and communicative processes”. Read more>

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