"The women and the men."
No, אישים doesn't mean "men". It means distinguished personalities and is not a word used as commonly. The plural form of איש is אנשים because why make things simple. And in the context of "specifically male people" most people would use גברים.
Before what? I read that the vav is pronounced ,,oo'' if the word starts with a consonant. If it starts with a vowel it's pronounced ,,ve''. Is this correct?
I am not able to write in Hebrew when I have to answer a question, because I have English keyboard