Pillar Two

  • Generate Policy-relevant Analysis – Focus on Gender

    Given the critical role of gender in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal for health, and the fact that progress has remained extremely limited despite bold commitments, UNU-IIGH will focus its efforts and resources for generating policy-relevant analysis on gender and health. The aim is to support the work of UN agencies, UN programmes and Member states to decrease gender disparities in health.

    UNU-IIGH will concentrate on approaches that seek to transform gendered power dynamics, change inequitable gender norms and challenge the status quo. It will do this by working in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including UN sister agencies, Member States, experts, academics, civil society and communities themselves, to develop and socialize an innovative and effective set of analytical approaches and tools to address gender disparities in health policy and practice.

    As a neutral convener and global  thinktank,  UNU- IIGH can play a unique role to provide evidence and inform the prioritisation by the UN and Member States of effective  gender-transformative policies and interventions; meaningful engagement with communities and stakeholders; and adequate resourcing and investments to transform gendered power  dynamics for better health.

    UNU-IIGH brings  its network  and convening power, as well as its cadre of fellows, PhD students, visiting scholars  and experts to support the synthesis  of the evidence around the challenges and limitations  of current approaches. It convenes stakeholders to assess the evidence on effective  strategies, interventions and institutional processes and how this can be translated into policies,  programming and practice; as well as to help identify potential evidence-based solutions, and actively advocate for their uptake.

    Working in partnership with other UN agencies and with academic institutions, UNU-IIGH’s gender-related work involves 3 phases:

    • Diagnose (2019): what are current approaches to gender and health among UN agencies and Member States, and are they effective?
      • In this first phase, UNU-IIGH will synthesise evidence on the effectiveness and limitations  of current gender and health approaches to inform dialogue andactions moving forward.
    • Develop (2019-2020): how can current limitations be addressed?
      • This second phase will involve convening stakeholders and UN sister agencies to translate the evidence to develop a set of analytical approaches and tools to effectively address gender inequality in health.
    • Socialisation and Uptake (2021-2023): transforming policy and practice.
      • Together with partners, UNU-IIGH will inform and engage with policy-makers in UN Member states and within the UN system to use the analytical approaches and tools developed, with an aim to support a more evidence-based approach to gender and health. This will be done through events, workshops and trainings.