Girls with Disabilities, on Periods.

By Dr.Shubha Nagesh, an Atlantic Fellow for Global Health Equity, and Muskaan Vohra, student at Monash University. The World Economic Forum (WEF) highlights three main barriers preventing girls and women from accessing proper menstrual hygiene, including lack of awareness, acceptance, and access to hygiene products. Menstruation is natural, but the onset of menarche may pose [more…]

Thinking about gender while responding to an epidemic: Must have or nice to have?

March 2020 is unique in that it is both Women’s History Month and the month when WHO declared the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. Lessons learned from previous disease outbreaks of other coronaviruses (MERS and SARS), Ebola, and Zika, have highlighted the lack of gender considerations in epidemic preparedness and responses, and its consequences. [more…]

The redWIM LAC network and its contribution to gender transformative evaluation

This blog was originally posted in the Gender & Evaluation community. (Leer en español.) The monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of development projects, programs and policies with a gender-transforming approach has become an important entry point for measuring and valuing actions that seek equal rights and opportunities for men and women. At the same time, there [more…]

Health systems need disabled women leaders

1 in 5 women and girls worldwide live with some form of disability. Disabled women and girls commonly face multiple, aggravated forms of discrimination on the basis of both gender and disability, and often on account of their age or other social categories as well.

Women and girls with disabilities are three times more likely than disabled men to be illiterate or have unmet health needs, and half as likely to be employed; among those employed, disabled women are half as likely to be in leadership positions.