Advancing gender sensitive research: the role of ethics committees
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, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO 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.