From Gender Blind to Gender Transformative Health Systems Research
*Recommended Audience: Introductory/Undergraduate Students, Young Professionals/Graduate Students, and Mid-Level Professionals
Health systems are not gender neutral; gender is a key social stratifier, which affects health system needs, experiences, and outcomes. Yet, health systems research (HSR) often fails to sufficiently consider gender as a social relation. Participants will be introduced to a tool which maps research activities along a gender continuum, situating research into one of five categories: gender unequal, gender blind, gender sensitive, gender specific, and gender transformative. Using the tool, participants work together to place case studies on the continuum. The session will end with a group discussion of each of the case studies, exploring what is needed to move HSR across the gender continuum, and the ways in which HSR can be used to progressively transform gender power relations.
Speaker: Rosemary Morgan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health