The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health
About the Centre
The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health, based in the Institute for Global Health, comprises a multidisciplinary team that conducts research and works alongside policy-makers and policy-influencers to address the complex relationships between gender norms and health status. Our disciplinary expertise ranges from anthropology to applied policy analysis, and we work in a multitude of settings around the world – from the smallest island states, to the informal settlements of the world’s most populous nations, and many locations in-between.
We view gender as both a determinant of health behaviours and a key influence on how the health sector responds to everyone’s rights to health and wellbeing. Working alongside partners in civil society and policy spheres, with colleagues across UCL and from other academic institutions, we aim to ensure that gender is recognised as a key determinant of health outcomes, and that policies and programmes to address gender norms influencing health are informed by rigorous evidence of effectiveness, acceptability and feasibility.
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New Blog Series kicks-off with reflections from Subaltern/critical perspectives on gender and empowerment
16 July 2018

In June, the Centre hosted a lively roundtable discussion on the concept of empowerment and its relationship to gender. Two Centre fellow's, Dr Ayesha Ahmad and Dr Lu Gram, here provide their reflections from the day, in what will be the first post of our brand new blog series. The series will explore gender and health from the multidisciplinary perspectives, looking at the various projects we work on and current debates and events as material for discussion and inspiration.


UCL works with BSMMU, Dhaka to share experiences of using Athena SWAN to push for gender equality
28 June 2018

The Centre for Gender and Global Health was delighted to host a visit this week from Dr Fariha Haseen of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr Haseen is Associate Professor of Public Health and has been working closely with Centre staff Sarah Hawkes and Anna Purdie from the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health on rolling out a gender assessment of BSMMU.


Centre Fellow Dr Ayesha Ahmad to release Humanitarian Action and Ethics
23 May 2018

On 15 June, Centre for Gender and Global Health fellow Dr Ayesha Amhad will be releasing her new book, Humanitarian Action and Ethics, an accessible study looking at the ethical dilemmas at the heart of contemporary humanitarianism, turning theory into practice for enabling effective change. Featuring contributions from humanitarian practitioners, health professionals, and social and political scientists, this book explores the question of ethics in modern humanitarian work, drawing on the lived experience of humanitarian workers themselves. Its essential case studies cover humanitarian work in countries ranging from Haiti and South Sudan to Syria and Iraq, and address issues such as gender based violence, migration, and the growing phenomenon of ‘volunteer tourism’. Together, these contributions offer new perspectives on humanitarian ethics, as well as insight into how such ethical considerations might inform more effective approaches to humanitarian work.

Roundtable: Subaltern/critical perspectives on gender and empowerment
21 June 2018

On the 21st June 2018, the Centre for Gender and Global Health and UCL Anthropology will be holding a roundtable discussion on Subaltern and Critical Perspectives on Gender and Empowerment, open to colleagues from across UCL, Bloomsbury Universities and Colleges working on Gender and Health /Development to join us for an opportunity to share critical ideas about gender and empowerment within our own research, followed a drink and an opportunity for informal discussion about potential future collaborations.

Kind to Women: A Film Screening
Monday 21st May
17:30-20:00
Levisnsky Room, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St

On 25th May voters in the Republic of Ireland will be given an opportunity to repeal their current abortion laws – which currently essentially give unborn foetuses and pregnant women equal rights – which are among some of the most restrictive in the world. In 2017 Dr Jayne Kavanagh, Principal Teaching Fellow at UCL Medical School, and colleagues from UCL, produced a film to commemorate 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK – an Act which legalised abortion in the UK (although not in Northern Ireland).  In recognition of the historic vote on May 25th, the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health will be showing Jayne’s film followed by a Q&A session with Jayne and her fellow film-makers.