Gender and Digital Health

  • The  Gender and Digital Health Webinar Seriesis a platform to foster new partnerships and co-create knowledge on the gendered dimensions of digital technologies for health, with a focus on translation of evidence to policy and practice-based learning in low and middle income countries. The series is organised by a consortium between UNU IIGH, The University of Cape Town and BBC Media Action. 

    The series’ objectives are to:

    • Discuss, reflect and engage with contemporary topics at the intersection of gender, digital, and digital health;
    • Bring to the forefront voices and perspectives that challenge the status quo in order to drive forward the agenda of tackling gender inequalities in digital interventions/ services;
    • Build a diverse, interdisciplinary, and multi-stakeholder community working in gender, digital and global health;
    • Disseminate findings and work produced by the digital, digital health, and gender communities, situating these within broader contexts especially with a view to influencing policy.


    1. What Does the Digital Gender Gap Mean for Healthcare?

    Date: 28 January, 8:00 AM EST (9:00 PM MYT)

    Sara Chamberlain, BBC Media Action
    Amnesty LeFevre, UCT
    Diwakar Mohan, JHSPH
    Kerry Scott, JHSPH

    Alex Tyers, Panoply Digital

    2. Case studies in Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: how has technology been used to address women’s health needs and what are the gaps?

    Date: 4 March, 8:00 AM EST (9:00 PM MYT)

    Dr Theresa Diaz, WHO Unit Head: Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent
    Andrew Boulle, Western Cape Department of Health
    Juan Antonio Perez, Executive Director, Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) of the Philippines
    Dr. J. Radhakrishnan, Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Tamil Nadu

    Kenechukwu Esom, UNDP

    3. Technology use in response to Gender-based Violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Date: 25 March, 8:00 AM EST (8:00 PM MYT)

    Megan O’Donnell, Center for Global Development
    Lisa Vetten, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg
    Zynnia del Villar, DataPop Alliance
    Jun Chu, Twitter
    Monrawee Lynn, Twitter

    Shubhalakshmi Nandi, BMGF India

    4. What causes the digital gender gap?

    Date: 29 April, 7:00 AM PST (10:00 PM MYT)

    Araba Sey, Research ICT Africa; University of Washington Information School
    Claire Sibthorpe, GSMA
    Giorgia Barboni, University of Warwick, Warwick Business School; CAGE
    Siddhartha Swarup, Facebook
    Sara Chamberlain, BBC Media Action, India

    Kerry Scott, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

    5. How to increase women’s digital literacy in Africa and Asia

    Date: 27 May, 9:00 AM EST (9:00 PM MYT)

    Sara Chamberlain, Digital Director, BBC Media Action, India

    Derrick Muneene, Unit Head, Digital Health Capacity Building and Collaboration at WHO HQ
    Alex Tyers, Director, Panoply Digital
    Amnesty LeFevre, Associate Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
    Osama Manzar, Founder and Director of the Digital Empowerment Foundation
    Lani Jacobs, Insights Manager, Connected Society, M4D – GSMA

    Charity Moore, Director, South Asia Economics Research, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University

    6. Big data and AI for health

    Date: 1 July, 9:00 AM EST (9:00 PM MYT)

    Title: Big data and AI for health

    Claudia Lopes, Research Fellow, UNU-IIGH and Amnesty Lefevre, Associate Professor, University of Capetown

    Diva Dahar, Senior Program Officer, Gender Equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
    Anita Raj, Director, Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) at UC San Diego
    Franz F Wong, Senior Gender Integration Specialist, Stanford Global Center for Gender Equality
    Jonathan Jackson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dimagi

    Neha Kumar, Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Mamello Thinyane, Principal Research Fellow, United Nations University Institute in Macau

    7. Gender and phone surveys: methodological considerations

    Date: 26 August, 8:00 AM EDT (8:00 PM MYT)

    Title: Gender and phone surveys: methodological considerations

    Suneeta Krishnan, Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning & Management, Evaluation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, India

    Arjun Khanna, BBC Media Action, India
    Nilah Mitchell, Head of East Africa, 60decibels, Kenya
    Leah Taub, Director of Partnerships, Viamo, USA
    Divya Nair, Director, IDinsight, India
    Karima Khalil, Senior Consultant, Oxford Policy Management India
    Priya Das, Health Systems Software and Gender Lead, Oxford Policy Management India

    8. Social Media, Networks, and Movements for Women’s Empowerment

    Date: 30 September, 9:00 AM EDT (9:00 PM MYT)

    Title: Social Media, Networks, and Movements for Women’s Empowerment

    Sara Chamberlain, Digital Director, BBC Media Action, India

    Ambika Tandon, Senior Researcher, Centre for Internet and Society
    Aayush Rathi, Senior Researcher, Centre for Internet and Society
    Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change
    Dr Eric Rice, Co-Director, USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society
    Dr Orlanda Ruthven, Independent Researcher & Practitioner