Gender Responsiveness Assessment Scale (GRAS) and the elements of good practice for gender mainstreaming (GM) used
Genderspecific through to gender transformative depending on use. Legislation and policies are important to improving the health of girls and boys, women and men both. However even with laws in place there can sometimes be inconsistencies between the law and orpolicy arrangements for implementation. The WPAC site can be used to collate information about related issues to check for potential and unintentional barriers or inconsistencies between related legislation and policy. For example, using this and similar databases the review of sexual and reproductive health of young people in the Asia and Pacific, identified that while the minimum legal age of consent to sex and marriage in some countries might be 15 years for both males and females, young women in the same country who areu nder 16 years of age still require parental permission to attend and receive health/medical services. This may make obtaining sexual and reproductive health services a challenge particularly for young women. Using the WPAC and other such databases in this way enables Member States to identify and better understand barriers to gender equity.