Gender and Digital Health

  • The Gender and Digital Health Webinar Series is 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.

    The series hopes to speak to:

    • Those working at the intersection of gender and digital, and digital health
    • UN agencies with health-related mandates
    • Digital health organisations
    • Policy makers


    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 PST (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