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The COVID-19 pandemic, a looming economic crisis, political fragility, and climate change, are eroding progress on hard-won but fragile gains in improving health and addressing gender inequalities. The silver lining of the pandemic is the opportunity it presents to do things differently, with a heightened urgency to learn from past experiences and build on successes. The United Nations (UN) and its agencies are strategically well-placed to provide direction and lead the agenda of gender equality in health.
This report, by Johanna Riha, TK Sundari Ravindran, George A Atiim, Michelle Remme, and Renu Khanna, presents findings from a collaborative practice-based project which analysed what has worked, where, for whom, why and how, to promote gender equality in health. It is based on 14 successful cases across five UN agencies working institutionally and programmatically in global health. The report presents an in-depth analysis of the contextual factors that enabled success, the triggers that set off change, and the factors that sustained the positive shifts over time.
Meeting the challenge and opportunity of advancing gender equality in health programmes and institutional structures at this critical point in time requires collective action, building on existing evidence and knowledge. This report makes an important contribution in this regard. The next step is to collectively work towards integrating this evidence into existing health programmes and organisational structures with the ultimate dual goals of improving health and ensuring gender equality.
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