UCL Population Health Sciences


VIRTUAL EVENT: Shining a gender lens on global health

23 September 2020, 10:30 am–11:30 am

Professor Sarah Hawkes

Professor Sarah Hawkes, co-director of the gender equality in health initiative ‘Global Health 50/50’, will present her research on the relationship between gender and health.

This event is free.

Event Information

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UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Lecturer's abstract 

Gender matters to health, yet it is frequently ignored, overlooked or misunderstood in health policies, programmes and practices. Furthermore, gender exerts a profound influence on career pathways and opportunities within the global health system.

In this talk Professor Sarah Hawkes will present data from the annual review of the state of gender equality in the global health system and explore the interaction of gender, power and privilege driving current global health responses (including to COVID-19). She will propose ways in which taking gender more fully into account can help build a global health system that is better able to deliver on commitments to improve the health of everyone in the population. 

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About the Speaker

Professor Sarah Hawkes

Professor Sarah Hawkes is Director of the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health, and a medical doctor with a degree in sociology and a PhD in epidemiology. She is Professor of Global Public Health at the UCL Institute for Global Health where she leads a research theme analysing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender and health, and sexual health. She has lived and worked for much of the past 20 years in Asia, where she has gathered evidence, built capacity and helped develop policy for programmes focusing on gender, sexual health and human rights. She works closely with national governments, research organisations, WHO and UNFPA in Asia and the Middle East.  

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