Gender Responsive Programming

The following resources provide tools for health practitioners to promote gender equitable and gender responsive programming.

  • Expanding the Evidence on Comprehensive Care for Survivors of SGBV

    Millions of women around the world suffer sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). A recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 35% of all women have—at some point in their lives—experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) or non-partner sexual violence. Yet this violence—and its health consequences—are rarely addressed, particularly in low-resource settings where access to care is limited.

    From 2006-2013, The Population Council and a network of partners implemented a project to determine effective responses to sexual assault and improve policies and programs in East and Southern Africa.

  • Gender and Development [PDF]

    A comprehensive five-day, nine-session curriculum for use by trainers of program managers and development workers in the private and public sectors. Field tested in Africa, the curriculum is designed to enable development workers to create gender-responsive institutions, policies, programs and projects. It examines gender influences in the participants' own lives, cultural reinforcement of gender roles and relationships and how these affect the development process. 

    Although this is a training manual, it can also be used as a self-guided learning tool and reference. Provided by the Centre for Development and Population Activities

    Spanish version [PDF] of this manual is also available.
  • Gender and Medicine

    This article provides a good explanation of gender-related terms and concepts; theoretical and practical articles; links to other resources; and, a Gender & Medicine discussion forum. Provided by Monash University's Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences College.
  • Gender Handbook [PDF]

    Section B of the handbook, Areas of Work, is the most relevant as it discusses practical application of the guidelines. For example there is a chapter on “Gender and Health in Emergencies”. The handbook was developed by members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). 

    The IASC is a is a unique inter-agency forum for coordination, policy development and decision-making involving key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners established in 1992 to strengthen humanitarian assistance. 

    Published by Inter-Agency Standing Committee
  • Gender Mainstreaming for Health Managers

    This is a practical approach guide for health managers: The manual is a user-friendly guide aimed to raise awareness and develop skills on gender analysis and gender responsive planning in health sector activities. The Manual is conceptually structured to move from awareness to action throughout a three to four day workshop to reduce gender-based inequities in health. Core WHO gender analysis tools are introduced in this participatory training manual.
  • Guide on Gender and Health Data and Statistics

    This is an excellent resource for gender-related issues, such as the roles of men, women, boys and girls. It presents the differing perspectives and needs of each, including the impact and data disaggregation on many aspects of our work in HIV and AIDS, Safe Motherhood, Reproductive Health, SGBV and others. In this annotated resource guide, you will discover excellent training resources, evaluation findings and project designs that are gender-responsive.

    Provided by the MEASURE Evaluation, the USAID Global Health Bureau's primary vehicle for supporting improvements in monitoring and evaluation in population, health and nutrition worldwide. We help to identify data needs, collect and analyze technically sound data, and use that data for health decision making. 
  • IGWG Gender and Health eToolkit

    The Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) created theGender and health eToolkit to broaden the set of resources available to gender experts, public health specialists and service providers. It provides access to hundreds of tools, other gender toolkits and databases, and prominent gender and health websites throughout the world. Technical areas of health covered in the eToolkit include, but are not limited to, sexual/reproductive health and family planning; maternal health; child health; HIV/AIDS; infectious disease; water and sanitation; and nutrition and food security.  
  • IGWG Gender Health Toolkit

    This is a unique compilation of practical resources for gender integration and mainstreaming in health policies, programs and institutions. It is designed as a companion to the IGWG website, a premier site for gender and reproductive health information, publications and networking.
  • Integrating Gender in Care and Support of Vulnerable Children

    This is a guide for program designers and implementers. This guide, published by FHI360, provides step-by-step guidance and recommendations on how  to identify and address gender-related issues that negatively affect vulnerable boys and girls in the local program context. It is intended to be a practical tool for staff involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of care and support programs for vulnerable children.

    FHI 360 translates the results of its work into publications, tools and training materials.

  • Integrating Gender into HIV/AIDS Programs in the Health Sector

    This tool helps programme managers and health-care providers in the public and private sectors integrate gender into HIV/AIDS programmes they wish to set up, implement and evaluate so they are more responsive to women's needs. It suggests practical actions to address key gender issues in four service delivery areas: 1. HIV testing and counseling; 2. prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; 3. HIV/AIDS treatment and care; 4. home-based care and support for people living with HIV.
  • Interagency Working Group on Gender (IGWG)

    The IGWG promotes gender equity within population, health, and nutrition programs with the goal of improving reproductive health/HIV/AIDS outcomes and fostering sustainable development. Established in 1997, the IGWG is a network comprising nongovernmental organizations, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), cooperating agencies, and the Bureau for Global Health of USAID.
  • Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis for Emergency and Rehabilitation

    The objective of this online module is to explain the importance of a gender perspective in emergency operations and assist emergency specialists in gender-sensitive planning.

    Provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.