With one of the largest public health crises upon us, our goal should be to safely vaccinate as many women, men, and gender-diverse people as possible, equitably, efficiently, and effectively, to maximise the protective benefits of COVID-19 vaccines. In this online session you’ll learn about:
- How gender-related barriers, inequities in communities and health systems negatively affect access to health services, including vaccination
- What are the consequences of neglecting gender-related barriers in COVID-19 vaccine deployment
- Ensuring gender equality and equity in the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines
- How gaps in vaccination coverage hinder the achievement of population-level immunity needed to curb the pandemic.
The Gender and Health Webinar Series hosts timely debates on ‘how to do’ gender, aim to engage practitioners, policymakers, academics, and civil society to examine evidence. To support governments and other actors in ensuring more gender-equitable COVID-19 vaccine deployment, the Gender Equality Working Group of the SDG3 Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-Being and the Gender and Health Hub at UNU-IIGH, have produced a guidance note and checklist which provide a set of practical actions for countries to implement and ensure gender equality and equity in the COVID-19 vaccine deployment towards the aim of “leaving no one behind”.
This session will be moderated by Nazneen Damji, Policy Advisor at Gender Equality, HIV and Health UN Women. The guest speakers are:
-Dr Lavanya Vijayasingham, Post-doctoral fellow from UNU-IIGH
– Professor Helia Molina Dean from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Santiago de Chile
– Dr Sarojini Nadimpally, Co-founder of Sama Resource Group for Women and Health