The UCL Centre for Gender, Health and Social Justice


Gender in global health: Can human rights play a useful role?

July 7, 2021 4:00 PM

The recently established Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health is delighted to announce a new fortnightly seminar series open to all. The Series accompanies the development of the Commission, inviting Commissioners and Co-Chairs to discuss a key topic, question, or challenge that the Commission hopes to tackle. The series aims to involve a range of stakeholders and voices in its work and promote discussion and debate on gender and health.

In the tenth event of the series, we will hear from Commissioner Sofia Gruskin, Director of the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health and Professor of Preventive Medicine and chief of the Policy and Global Health division at the USC Keck School of Medicine.

Human rights can offer a useful frame to conceptualize and strengthen attention to gender in global health. However serious questions must be raised as to why this hasn’t worked so far, and what it will take for this potential to be realized.

Details of the event

Join us from 16:00 - 16:30 BST/15:00 - 15:30 UTC on Wednesday 7th July to hear from Sofia Gruskin and to pose your own reflections and questions on this topic to the Commission.

The event is open to all but pre-registration is encouraged.

The event will be livestreamed to youtube here:

About the Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health

In August 2020, a new Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health was launched. The Commission, with three co-chairs and 25 commissions, has been set up with the explicit and uncompromising aim to move beyond the evidence to catalyse action on gender and global health. The Commission is being co-chaired by UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health Director, Sarah Hawkes; Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Pascale Allotey; and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and former Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy.

Find out more about The Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health here. Further information on the Commissioners and Co-Chairs can be found here.