The UCL Centre for Gender, Health and Social Justice


Gender and Health: nothing so practical as good theory

June 23, 2021 9:00 AM

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 seventh event of the series, we will hear from Commissioner Fran Baum, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Foundation Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

In this webinar Fran Baum will examine the ways in which understanding the influence of gender on health is assisted by the application of theory. She will discuss the application of Bourdieu’s theory of the ways in which economic, social, cultural and symbolic capital can create inequities. She will also examine the relevance of decolonisation theory in understand the impacts of colonisation on the health of Indigenous women. She will be joined in this part of the presentation by two colleagues, Faye Worner and Cleone Wellington, from the staff of Waminda ( an Australia Aboriginal Women’s Community Controlled Health and Welfare service. They will discuss the ways in which decolonisation underpins their work and approach to health and well-being.

Details of the event

Join us from 09:00 - 09:30 BST/08:00 - 08:30 UTC on Wednesday 23rd June to hear from Fran Baum 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 live-streamed 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.