Gender & Health Hub


    The Gender & Health Hub is a platform that brings together global experts, practitioners and thought leaders in gender and health from the UN, global health organisations, academia, governments, and civil society with a timebound mandate to:

    • Define the most pressing policy questions that, if answered, can catalyse action towards Agenda 2030
    • Prioritise, guide, conduct and interpret research and analyses on what works and does not work in gender and health
    • Communicate and apply generated learning and evidence to accelerate action and impact.

    The Hub also aims to support the efforts of the 12 global health organisations coordinating their policies and programmes to promote gender equality through the Global Action Plan on Healthy Lives and Well-being for All (SDG3 GAP).

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    With a formal launch in early 2021, the Gender & Health Hub will facilitate collaboration, practice-based learning, and co-production of critical analyses and evidence. It will also focus on forging new interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder partnerships and alliances, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The Hub is coordinated by the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and co-funded with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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    Core Working Group members

    Dr Avni Amin
    Technical Officer, Department of Reproductive Health and Research
    World Health Organization (WHO)

    Dr Anna Coates
    Chief, Office for Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity
    Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)

    Ms Nazneen Damji
    Policy Advisor, Gender Equality, HIV, and Health

    Ms Heather Doyle
    Senior Technical Advisor
    Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

    Mr Kenechukwu Esom
    Policy Specialist, Human Rights, Law and Gender
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    Professor Asha George
    Research Chair, Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change
    University of the Western Cape

    Dr Sagri Singh
    Senior Advisor, Gender & Development
    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

    Hub Secretariat members

    Professor Pascale Allotey

    Dr George Atiim
    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Dr Claudia Lopes
    Research Fellow

    Dr Anju Malhotra
    Principal Visiting Fellow

    Ms Vidisha Mishra
    International Project Manager

    Professor Sundari Ravindran
    Principal Visiting Fellow

    Dr Michelle Remme
    Research Lead

    Dr Johanna Riha
    Research Fellow

    Ms Vithiya Sathivelu
    Project Officer

    Dr Lavanya Vijayasingham
    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Ongoing Research and Engagement Activities 

    1. Research Agenda Setting– A collaborative research agenda-setting exercise for gender and COVID-19.
    2. What works in Gender and Health – Learning from Practice– This project draws on realists and practice-based learning approaches to understand what works in gender mainstreaming, for whom, in what circumstances, in what respects and why in six UN agencies working on global health.
    3. Gender and Digital Health This project aims to establish at UNU-IIGH an open-innovation cluster that would generate evidence for research and policy with an explicit focus on the interface between gender, health and access to digital technologies.
    4. Gender & Health Webinar Series – The series aims to build a diverse, interdisciplinary, and multi-stakeholder community for guiding, conducting and interpreting research and analyses on what works and does not work in gender and health.
    5. Review and Synthesis of Evidence from Gender Integration in Health Programmes – This project involves a systematic review of gender integration across health programmes and health systems and with a view to identify successful transferable elements for wider uptake and utilization.
    6. Gender and Health Think Piece Series – This series will create thought-provoking and speculative content engaged in contemporary issues/debates in the gender and health space.