Equality and Diversity Data - Gender


The Equality Act 2010 says you must not be discriminated against because

  • You are (or are not) a particular sex.
  • Someone thinks you are the opposite sex. This is known as discrimination by perception.
  • You are connected to someone of a particular sex. This is known as discrimination by association.

In the Equality Act sex can mean either male or female, or a group of people like men or boys, or women or girls.

See the Equality and Human Rights Commission website for further information regarding sex discrimination.


The gender split in the Scarborough and Ryedale CCG area is 49.6% male and 50.4% female (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2016).

National Picture

  • All-cause mortality is higher for men than for women (601 per 100 000 as opposed to 425 per 100 000)16
  • At birth and at age 65, males can expect to live more of their lives disability free than females.
  • Males at birth living in England can expect to live 80.9% of their future life disability free, while for females it is 78.4%
  • Men in general do no access primary health care as often as women. They are twice as likely to develop and die from ten of the most common cancers affecting both sexes.

Local Picture

  • Life expectancy varies for men and women considerably across North Yorkshire. The life expectancy gap at birth in North Yorkshire (between the most affluent and most deprived) is 8.3 years for males and 6.1 years for females.
  • In Scarborough, this gap is 9.1 years for males and 5.6 years for females. In Ryedale it is 4.5 years for males and 4.3 years for females. (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2016).


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