16 October 2020
Attention to sex and gender implications of COVID-19 was galvanised early in the pandemic by a quickly mobilised constituency of researchers, policy makers and civil society actors concerned about gender and COVID-19 dynamics. However, real-time understanding and response was limited by extensive invisibility of the evolving situation, contributed by imperfect data systems, enduring vulnerability of marginalised groups, and the inability to support synergies between sectors. Implementation of large-scale and wide-scoped gender-responsive interventions will require comprehensive data and engagement with diverse stakeholders.
Given the urgency of guiding research investments and corresponding programming and policy responses to address COVID-19 and the long- term health, economic and social consequences of the pandemic, UNU-IIGH proposes a collaborative research agenda-setting exercise for gender and COVID-19, as part of Gender and Health Policy Hub’s inaugural scope of work.
Here is a brief concept note that describes some of our initial thoughts.
Please let us know of your interest in participating by filling out this expression of interest form.
We are looking for diverse voices and representation from UN agencies and other multilaterals, civil society, national actors in policy development/ programme implementation, and research organizations.
Stakeholder interest: As of 12 October 2020, we have received interest from 325 stakeholders from across the world, with over 63% representation from low-and-middle income countries. Click here for stakeholder map, and categories.
Researchers from UNU-IIGH and the School of Public Health, University of Western Cape, South Africa form the steering committee that plays an initiating and coordinating role to ensure cohesiveness, quality, and timely completion of the process.
Steering committee for gender and COVID-19 research agenda setting:
· Lavanya Vijayasingham
School of Public Health from the University of Western Cape
Advisory group for gender and COVID-19 research agenda setting
An advisory group with diverse disciplinary, regional and organizational backgrounds will act as a sounding board for the steering committee as it leads the process. This includes existing members of the gender and COVID-19 working group, as well as stakeholders engaged with gender and health more broadly.
· Jashodara Dasgupta, Sahayog, India
· Deisy Ventura, Professor in Global Health Ethics at Public Health School, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
· Anthony Keedi, ABAAD– Resource Center for Gender Equality, Lebanon
· Rose Oronje, The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), Kenya
· Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, Director, The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES) Makarere University, Uganda
· Avni Amin/ Anjana Bushan, WHO,
· Pascale Allotey, UNU IIGH, Malaysia
The steering committee and advisory group collectively include expertise in gender and health based on clinical, public health, development studies, legal, health economics and anthropology disciplinary training. They have experience in primary and secondary research, evidence synthesis, prioritization and translation, policy making, program implementation and advocacy.
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