A New report provides first in-depth analysis of women’s health in Leeds
A new report providing a comprehensive picture of life, health and wellbeing for women and girls in Leeds was published on International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March 2019).
Commissioned by Leeds City Council in collaboration with Women’s Lives Leeds, the report comes from detailed analysis of data about health and other factors, combined with conversations with women from across Leeds. Launched on International Women’s Day, city leaders have affirmed that the report will be used to inform future policies and plans.
Main findings from the report are:
- Women’s life expectancy is dropping, despite improved cancer and cardiovascular health
- Leeds women have higher levels of smoking, drug and alcohol abuse than nationally
- Mental health is a key concern for women and girls
- The ageing population increases the risk of dementia, frailty and falls for women
- Women’s reproductive and maternity health issues need greater recognition and support
- Safety is a priority for the women and girls of Leeds
- For many women life is more complex – often because of austerity – and this has implications for their physical and mental health