· The development of an online database for a harmonized set of indicators on education, employment, and entrepreneurship, among others
· A set of common, pilot activities in a small number of partner countries to develop protocols and data collection methods for sex-disaggregated data on entrepreneurship and assets, two areas with large data gaps.
The first three-year phase of EDGE is being conducted between March 2012 and February 2015. It will focus on the ‘three Es’: women’s education, employment and entrepreneurship.
This is an exciting time. It is my hope that such an initiative will ignite change within women’s healthcare and women’s role in medicine. As countries, including and especially the U.S., continue to develop standards and strengthen their national systems on gathering gender statistics, EDGE will further promote and enhance such efforts.
There is far too much emphasis on sexuality and feminism under the umbrella of “gender,” as opposed to studying biological, structural and functional distinctions between the health of a female body and the health of a male body. As a result, inadequate delivery of healthcare and medicine continues to take place at an alarming rate, epidemics are given permission to continue, innovation and integrity plateaus and the global population suffers from the lack of education, support, investment and resources for women’s health. Just today the Lancet published an article entitled, “Thyroid disease—more research needed”. It states that there is an estimated 200 million individuals who have a thyroid disorder. Clearly this is an epidemic. The brief article concludes that women are 7 times at risk for such diseases than men. Just one of the many examples as to why accurate gender statistics and education is need.