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Bernard Kadasia

Zsuzsanna Jakab

Naoko Yamamoto

Rüdiger Krech

Shirin Heidari

Mihály Kökény

Hussein Elsangak



Anuradha Gupta

Veronica Magar

Carole Presern

Avni Amin

Francelina Romao

Claire Somerville

Shirin Heidari


GENDRO at the Global Forum for Health Promotion

On 12 November 2019, the 9th Global Forum on Health Promotion was taking place in Geneva. The annual event, organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO), brings together decision-makers in health sector, representatives from governments and international organisations, academic and research institutions, and civil society to discuss thematic areas in health promotion. This year’s discussion evolved around the subject of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The President of the Alliance of Health Promotion, Mr Bernard Kadasia, who is also GENDRO Board Member opened the Forum with a statement on the importance of multi-sectoral collaboration in promoting UHC. In her opening statement, WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr Naoko Yamamoto also emphasised the importance of partnerships towards achieving common goals. The Forum had two panels. In the first panel, government representatives from Georgia, Germany, Sweden and several others repeated their commitment to UHC and laid out a road-map for future action. 


GENDRO participated in a panel entitled Translating Global Declarations into Actions. Dr Shirin Heidari delivered a presentation on behalf of GENDRO, where she emphasised the importance of considering gender as a critical health determinant when formulating health policies and implementing them in real life. 


Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General of the WHO, concluded the Forum with a keynote speech on the role of WHO in coordinating global efforts to promote UHC.


To watch the video recording of the event, click here.

On the occasion of World Health Day 2019, on 9 April 2019, GENDRO was officially launched in an event “Making Sex and Gender Dimensions Count in Health Research and Programmes”. The event was organized in collaboration with the Global Health Centre and the Gender Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the World Health Organization, and with the generous support of Geneva Think Tank Hub and Foraus.

Dr Shirin Heidari, GENDRO’s President together with Dr Veronica Magar from WHO, Gender, Equity and Rights Unit opened the session. Thereafter, Ms Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of GAVI, Dr Carole Presern, Head of the Office of Board Affairs at The Global Fund, Dr Avni Amin, WHO Chief Scientist at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, and Ms Francelina Romao, Health Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Mozambique to the United Nations Office at Geneva joined the panel on “Generating evidence and translating to practice” moderated by Dr Claire Somerville, Executive Director, Gender Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The speakers presented their experiences and ongoing efforts, as well as their commitment to gender mainstreaming in health data and research as instrumental to addressing gender-related programmatic barriers.

At the closing, GENDRO’s president, Dr Shirin Heidari, announced the launch of GENDRO’s Gender, Evidence and Health Network, as a think tank dedicated to convene actors in Geneva and facilitate joint actions toward improving integration of sex and gender in health research and data analysis.

The Launch of GENDRO
and its Gender, Evidence and Health Network

GENDRO Celebrates International Women’s Day

International women’s day is a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and provides an opportunity to showcase commitment to gender equality. To mark the International Women’s Day, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) brought together international leaders in science and global experts in health to discuss the gendered challenges in science and share experiences and best practices to define a path forward for a greater representation of women in science and creation of a more inclusive academic and research environment for all. Our president, Dr Shirin Heidari participated on behalf of GENDRO in a panel discussion and spoke about gender related barriers in academic research.

To access her complete presentation, “The productivity puzzle - Is there a gender bias in academic publishing?” please follow the link.

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