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Gender Lens Tool advanced


A toolkit for rendering visible genders aspects of illnesses concerning incidence, prevalence, symptoms, risk factors, therapy and progression.

Target groups

Prospective Students / scientific staff / artistic-scientific staff / University Students /

Implementing organization

Medical University of Vienna - Gender Mainstreaming Office /


Karoline Rumpfhuber; karoline.rumpfhuber@meduniwien.ac.


Implemented at the Medical University of Vienna since 2014

Relation to gender equality targets

Anchored in the Development Plan of the Medical University of Vienna (p. 45-46): under point B6.1 “Societal objectives”: “… instilling in students competences in the area of gender medicine.” and “… in accordance with the stipulations of the EU Commission, … integration of gender dimensions in research projects is to be promoted.”

Furthermore in the qualification profile for graduates in the Medicine degree programme, point 1.1.1: the structures and mechanisms of the female and the male body in all its phases of development, in health and in illness from the molecular level to the overall organism; and point 4.6: Willingness to respond to gender-based, social and cultural differences, to actively counter a lack of information and to avoid stereotypical behavior.

The objective(s) of the tool

The tool is available for download on the website of the Medical University of Vienna. In order to raise awareness of gender medicine’s relevance and to support teaching staff/students in performing gender analysis, the goal is to distribute the tool among users as widely as possible.

Description of the tool

Employed in teaching for educating students on the fundamental aspects of gender-specific medicine, the tool is also designed for analyzing and rendering visible gender-specific differences of particular medical contents. In research, the tool is used as an aid for formulating gender-specific research questions.

How the tool works, practical experience

Teaching staff involved in gender medicine, frequently and gladly use the tool for relating issues of gender medicine to students.


Special Thanks to:

  1. Day, Universität Toronto


GenderLensTool_empty (in German only)

GenderLensTool_example: Depression (in German only)