Prof. Pascale Allotey, Director of UNU-IIGH at the What Works in Gender and Health Meeting, 2019 (Photo by UNU-IIGH) Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0
The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health will host Prof. Pascale Allotey for a conversation around “Addressing Gender, Equity and Marginalization in Global Health: Moving from Reductionism to Complexity” on Wednesday, 25 September 2019. She is also one of the participants in the “Cross-cutting Global Conversations on Human Rights: Interdisciplinarity, Intersectionality, and Indivisibility” workshop organised by USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health and the Occidental College.
Abstract of talk:
The KISS Principle (keep it simple stupid) has been applied across most areas of work in global health, including research and policymaking. We reduce complexity to operationalize research objectives and research design; we do the same to simplify policymaking and communication of public health messages. But there are countless examples that demonstrate the fallacy of ignoring complexity, and we ignore these lessons at our peril. Our attempts to address gender, equity and marginalization provide a powerful illustration of why we need to increase our focus on complexity. This means building on approaches that enable the analysis of alternative scenarios and futures that disrupt current paradigms. Drawing on 20+ years of experience, and case examples from Northern Ghana through Peninsular Malaysia to Australia, the presentation will outline ways forward that acknowledge and embrace complexity.
Flyer: Reductionism to Complexity
USC Gould School of Law
University Park Campus
699 W Exposition Blvd
CA 90089, USA