About Gender and Health Hub

From evidence,
to policy and action

Now is the time to address gender inequality in health
The Gender & Health Hub
Coordinated by the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), the Gender & Health Hub is here to bridge the gap between knowledge, policy and action. The GHH is a unique global platform established to consolidate the best, policy-relevant evidence on gender integration in health policies and programmes, generated through research and practice at the global, regional, and country level.
How we work
1. By developing and engaging a vibrant network of policymakers, academics, and implementers in gender and global health for priority-setting, knowledge-sharing, and policy engagement;

2. Improving the evidence base on integrating gender in health programmes and institutions, addressing knowledge gaps by consolidating and generating evidence on topics prioritised by the gender and global health community; and,

3. Mobilising policy engagement for action through effective dissemination of actionable evidence, and engagement with key stakeholders and policy processes to promote the use of evidence.
Why it matters
Despite progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets for 2030, the world is still off track. The SDG to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ (SDG3) is inextricably linked to gender equality (SDG 5), as is any progress towards universal health coverage. Although health systems and programmes can do better to promote gender equality, there has been a lack of evidence, systematic documentation, and learning on what works to effectively integrate gender in health.
Now is the time to take action
As the ongoing pandemic threatens to erode fragile gender equality gains accrued over decades, there is an urgent need to draw on the evidence base that has been built through practice, success and failure over time. Now, more than ever, we need decisive, consultative leadership from country health systems, the global health community and the UN to demonstrate what collective action and success looks like.
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Our People
Advisory Committee
(14)
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Dr Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, at UNAIDS
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Professor Debora Diniz
Visiting Scholar
Brown University
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Professor Senait Fisseha
Director of International Programs
Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation
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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General
World Health Organization (WHO)
Dr Geeta Rao Gupta
Senior Fellow
United Nations Foundation
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Dr Natalia Kanem
Executive Director
United Nations Population Fund, at UNFPA
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Ms Ulrika Karlsson
Special Advisor on Health
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
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Dr Rajat Khosla
Senior Director for Research, Advocacy and Policy
Amnesty International
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Dr Laura Laski
Senior Adviser, Adolescent Health and Well-being
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH)
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H.R.H Princess Dina Mired
Immediate Past President
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
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Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Executive Director
UN Women
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Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), at the United Nations
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Professor Gita Sen
Director
Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health, at the Public Health Foundation of India
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Mr Achim Steiner
Administrator
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Our People
Core Working Group
(7)
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Dr Avni Amin
Technical Officer, Department of Reproductive Health and Research
World Health Organization (WHO)
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Dr Anna Coates
Chief Office for Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
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Ms Nazneen Damji
Policy Advisor, Gender Equality, HIV, and Health
UN Women
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Ms Heather Doyle
Senior Technical Advisor
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria
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Mr Kenechukwu Esom
Policy Specialist, Human Rights, Law and Gender
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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Professor Asha George
Research Chair, Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change
University of the Western Cape
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Dr Sagri Singh
Senior Advisor, Gender & Development
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Our People
Hub Secretariat
(10)
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Professor Pascale Allotey
Director
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
Dr George Atiim
Postdoctoral Fellow
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Dr Claudia Lopes
Research Fellow
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Dr Anju Malhotra
Principal Visiting Fellow
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Ms Vidisha Mishra
International Project Manager
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Professor Sundari Ravindran
Principal Visiting Fellow
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Dr Michelle Remme
Research Lead
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Dr Johanna Riha
Research Fellow
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Ms Vithiya Sathivelu
Project Officer
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
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Dr Lavanya Vijayasingham
Postdoctoral Fellow
United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

The opportunity to co-produce a body of work that is responsive, actionable and targeted at delivering outcomes for gender equality, health and wellbeing, is incredibly exciting and we look forward to extensive and comprehensive engagement.

Pascale Allotey, Director, UNU-IIGH
Our Partners
Co-Funder
UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
UNU-IIGH, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the designated UN think tank on global health, serving as a policy translation hub for UN member states, agencies and programmes. The Institute generates policy-relevant analysis by applying a gender lens to inform the development, implementation and evaluation of health programmes.
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Co-Funder
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Gender & Health Hub is co-funded by the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Our Partnerships
The Equality Institute
The University of Western Cape
Gender Working Group of the Global
Action Plan on Health and Well-being:
UN Women
Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria
The World Bank
UNDP
UNFPA
The Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents
UNICEF
GAVI
UNAIDS
ILO
WHO
Gender & COVID-19 Working Group