Gender disparities in Africa’s labor market

Evidence indicates that in several countries in Africa, women’s earnings are a fraction of male’s earnings. It is argued in this book that the gap is not simply the result of discrimination in the labour markets, but rather the result of multiple factors, including access to education and credit, cultural values and household duties and… Read more

Engaging men and boys in changing gender-based inequity in health: evidence from programme interventions

This review assesses the effectiveness of programmes seeking to engage men and boys in achieving gender equality and equity in health. It analyses data from 58 evaluation studies of interventions with men and boys in the areas of: sexual and reproductive health; fatherhood; gender-based violence; maternal, newborn and child health; and gender socialisation. Key findings of… Read more

‘Leave no one behind’: gender, sexuality and the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end, a new generation of world leaders, government officials, donors and civil society organisations, have joined forces to articulate their vision for a future where all people can contribute to, and benefit from, an inclusive development framework. Across the documents and consultations, these leaders… Read more

Rebuilding health systems in conflict-affected states – Mozambique

Mozambique health system reconstruction supports the conclusion that the reconstruction of health systems is mainly “gender blind”. Policy-makers in Mozambique have not adequately considered the role of gender in contributing to health or addressed women’s and men’s different health needs. Despite government commitment to gender mainstreaming, the health system is far from gender equitable. Donors… Read more

Rebuilding health systems in conflict-affected states – Timor-Leste

This case study highlights that despite the challenges in integrating gender equity concerns into the health system in Timor-Leste, overall, the reform of the health system since conflict ended has benefited women’s health. In some areas, Timor-Leste has achieved some key targets, for example the proportion of births attended by a skilled health worker and… Read more

Rebuilding health systems in conflict-affected states – northern Uganda

This case study examines whether health system reconstruction in northern Uganda has promoted equality and created a health system that is gender equitable. Measuring the health system against the World Health Organization’s six health system building blocks, the case study highlights that northern Uganda needs a post-conflict recovery plan which is sensitive to gender concerns…. Read more

Rebuilding health systems in conflict-affected states – Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is almost at the bottom in the Human Development Index, ranking 180th out of 187 countries. There is significant gender inequality where a mere 23% of women are literate, half the rate among men, while domestic violence is widespread. In addition, infectious diseases such as malaria, TB and HIV/ AIDS are the leading… Read more

Gender Equity Analysis: A necessary prerequisite for addressing gender-related outcomes

In this blog post Ireen Namakhoma discusses the importance of gender equity analysis within health research. In March 2015, the Global Health Action produced a special issue on Gender and Health. One of the articles which I co-authored together with colleagues from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Eleanor MacPherson, Sally Theobald and Esther Richards, highlights… Read more

The men’s health gap: men must be included in the global health equity agenda

In most parts of the world, health outcomes among boys and men continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women, yet this gender-based disparity in health has received little national, regional or global acknowledgement or attention from health policy-makers or health-care providers. Including both women and men in efforts to reduce gender inequalities… Read more

Enshrining gender equality for development in law – a step in the right direction

Gender inequality is a recognised challenge for all sectors that fall under the broad banner of development. It is not a new concept, with organisations such as the World Bank claiming to have been promoting gender equality in development since 1977. Despite long standing commitment from many development organisations, institutions and actors, the reality is… Read more

The Impact of Girls’ Education on Early Marriage

There is a strong association between higher age at marriage and higher education levels. A global analysis of data by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) found that girls’ education is ‘the most important factor associated with child marriage’. Another study determined that in 29 countries, women who married at the age of 18 or… Read more

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