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Our Partners

European Association of Science Editors, Gender Policy Committee

The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experiences in science communication and editing. Established in 2012, the EASE Gender Policy Committee works to advance gender- and sex-sensitive reporting and communication in science. The goal is not only better science, whether in the life, natural or social sciences, but also enhanced evidence-based practices, interventions and opportunities, for both women and men. The Committee consists of 16 experts in diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experience, sharing enthusiasm to advance on sex and gender equity for responsible research and innovation


The Think Tank foraus advocates a constructive foreign policy and an informative dialogue: independent, scientific, relevant. Through our platform, we offer young talents voluntary access to the discourse, where they can contribute with their ideas to foreign policy – outside the traditional framework of political parties. foraus publishes scientific-based policy recommendations in the form of discussion papers, policy briefs and blog posts, as well as organizes high-level debates with the aim of creating innovative solutions for foreign policy. foraus was founded in 2009. It is a tax-free organization and is based on a membership system consisting of several hundred members. Within the last 10 years, foraus has evolved into the Swiss foreign policy think tank, with over a dozen employees. 

World Health Organization

Gender has implications for health across the course of a person’s life in terms of norms, roles and relations. It influences a person’s risk-taking and health-seeking behaviours, exposure to health risks and vulnerability to diseases. Gender shapes everyone’s experience of health care, in terms of affordability, access and use of services and products, and interaction with healthcare providers.

Gender intersects with other factors that drive inequalities, discrimination and marginalization, such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, age, geographic location and sexual orientation, among others.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment can improve health. Women and girls often face greater barriers to health information and services due to cultural gender norms such as economic dependence, patriarchal structures and a greater share and burden of domestic roles and responsibilities. They often have limited influence over resources within the household and in society, while having greater needs for services, such as reproductive services.

While it is important to address women’s specific health concerns, men are also faced with rigid gender norms associated with poor health outcomes. Traditional expectations of masculinity increase men’s vulnerability to serious health risks and make them less inclined to seek health care when needed. Gender diverse persons frequently face stigma and discrimination in the society and in health care settings. They are at greater risk for physical and sexual violence, and as a result have an increased risk for mental and physical ill-health.

WHO works to challenge gender stereotypes and combat gender inequality; identify and eliminate gender-related barriers to healthcare; and implement gender-responsive and -transformative programmes and policies to ensure health equity and universal health coverage.

PORTIA, Gender Summit

Portia is a not-for-profit organisation founded in London and established in 2001 by a group of women scientists at Imperial College London to advance understanding of gender issues in science, in participation, in organisational practices, and in science knowledge. In 2018 we established an wholly owned independent subsidiary in Germany, Portia gGmbH, which is also a not-for-profit.

The Gender Summit is a platform for dialogue where scientists, policymakers, gender scholars and stakeholders in science systems examine new research evidence showing when, why, and how biological differences (sex) and socio-cultural differences (gender) between females and males impact on outcomes. The aim is to reach consensus where improvements to science knowledge and science practice are needed and who should take action. 

Our aim is to make gender equality in research and innovation the norm and to embed gender as a primary dimension of quality. The Gender Summit started in Europe in 2011 and has helped to influence how gender is addressed in Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020), where it is now recognized through three criteria: (A) greater gender equality by increasing the number of women in scientific roles; (B) improved integration of sex-gender analysis in research process; and (C) achieving cross-cutting benefits of gender-sensitive and responsive research and innovation. 

Gender Center, IHEID

The Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute produces transformative research that questions gendered power relations in development and international relations.


Working across the globe and committed to policy relevance, our researchers combine their expertise from across disciplines and the field of gender studies to focus on four areas:

  • Political Economy and Development

  • Gender in International Governance

  • Violence, Conflict and Peacebuilding

  • Body Politics and Health

Our approach is theoretically informed and empirically grounded, valorising diverse voices.

We disseminate widely, foster critical debate and deliberation engaging a range of stakeholders to advance gender justice.

Think Tank Hub, Geneva

The Think Tank Hub Geneva, founded in April 2014, is an initiative undertaken by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and managed by the think tank foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy. The Hub aims to create a dynamic and innovative space for think tanks specialised in various fields. 

The Think Tank Hub provides six fully equipped working spaces as well as conference facilities free of charge to think tanks from around the world in need of temporary office space in Geneva. The offices are conveniently located in the building of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) based in the heart of the UN district. The welcome desk assists guests in finding accommodation in Geneva and provides general support throughout their stay. Depending on the availability of office space, visiting think tanks can schedule a stay lasting up to several weeks and/ or plan tailor-made events. 

The Think Tank Hub is coordinated by 'foraus – the Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy'. foraus generates independent, high quality recommendations for Swiss foreign policy decision makers and the public, thereby bridging the gap between academia and politics. Its non-partisan approach aims to promote an open dialogue and informed decision-making on all aspects of Swiss foreign policy. foraus is a grassroots organization. Its success as a think tank is based on its members’ voluntary commitment. Members are primarily recent graduates and young professionals active in a nationwide network of young researchers and foreign policy enthusiasts.

Gender and COVID-19 working group

We are a global group of researchers, health practitioners, policy actors, and advocates who share resources and expertise on topics related to gender equity, women’s empowerment, human rights, and COVID-19. The working group includes expertise ranging from the biomedical sciences to the humanities. We meet online on the third Wednesday of every month to discuss key issues, activities, opportunities, and ideas for collaboration. 

In early February 2020 a small group of academics from public health, international relations, public policy, and development economics saw the need to better understand and address the gendered effects of COVID-19 and government responses to the outbreak, having previously examined the intersection between gender and health emergencies during Ebola, Zika, Cholera, and beyond. 

They were funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to study the gendered effects of COVID-19 in Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong through a rapid multi-method gender analysis of pandemic preparedness and response mechanisms.


The Centre is the Institute's research, training and capacity building programme focusing on global health governance and global health diplomacy.

The Global Health Centre (GHC) provides a better understanding of the shifting power balance in global health. The academic analysis of challenges and shifts in global health governance contribute to the capacity building of decision-makers, government representatives, international organisations and other stakeholders such as civil society and the private sector. By affirming itself as a leading research centre in global health diplomacy worldwide, the GHC broadens the understanding of global health, contributes to setting agendas and fosters inclusive partnerships. Being one of the first institutions dedicated to international relations and development, the Centre has been serving as the leading global organisation in the nexus of health and other sectors, such as foreign policy, trade and development. It has also built partnerships with a wide-range of actors and acts as a neutral platform for policy dialogues, events and conferences.


GenPORT is a community sourced internet portal for sharing knowledge and inspiring collaborative action on gender and science.

A developing online community of practitioners, policy-makers and researchers is served by the GenPORT portal, and made up of organisations and individuals working across the globe for gender equality and excellence in science, technology and innovation. This covers all sciences – natural and social sciences, and humanities.

The GenPORT community and internet portal provide an arena for organisations and individuals to showcase and act as a gateway to a wealth of research resources, policy information, practical materials, and much more. Constantly evolving online information and services are shaped by the activities and contributions of community members. The portal aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and to foster collaboration, and so to support continuing policy and practical interventions in pursuit of gender equality.

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