UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health
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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Speaker Series
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
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. 

#SmearforSmear: how gender stereotypes and sexual violence myths combine to restrict access to basic healthcare, and what can be done about it.
Wednesday 16th May
Levisnsky Room, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St

As part of our speaker series Dr Ellie Cosgrave from UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) will be speaking on #SmearforSmear: how gender stereotypes and sexual violence myths combine to restrict access to basic healthcare, and what can be done about it. All are welcome.

"When Disability met Gender and Sexuality"
19th April 2018
UCL School of Pharmacy, Room G02
Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre, London

A seminar hosted jointly by UCL's Institute for Global Health, Centre for Gender and Global Health and UCL Disability and Development research group. All welcome but please register so we know how many to expect. There will be 3 or 4 presentations by people with or without disabilities and with varied international experiences and perspectives, talking about how gender, disability and sexuality intersect, followed by discussion.

How To Apply A Gender Lens To Your Research: A Symposium
21st March 2018
Room B29, Birkbeck, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HX

In this talk, PhD students and Early Career Researchers from universities all over London will come together to discuss the urgent importance of viewing research from a gender lens and provide practical tips for how this can be accomplished in practice. By encouraging an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of gender in academia and beyond, we hope to inspire and motivate researchers to apply a gender lens to their own research.

The Global Health 50/50 Report has launched

The Global Health 50/50 Report has launched! Watch the recording of the launch event, explore the data and read the report at www.globalhealth5050.org