Gender-sensitive health policy is a feature of international commitments and consensus documents and national-level normative statements and implementation guidance in many countries. However, there are gaps in our knowledge about how gender and ethics interface with health systems.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development, this exciting new initiative brings together three health systems focused Research Programme Consortia (RPC): Future Health SystemsReBUILD and RESYST in a partnership to galvanise gender and ethics analysis in health systems.

RinGs is working to understand and encourage, a gendered approach to the study of care-seeking; financing and contracting; governance; and human resources.

Over the coming years we will be:

  • Synthesising the evidence base. This will provide tools, case studies and guidelines on gender, ethics and health systems for researchers and decision makers and set the terms of a future research agenda.
  • Stimulating new research. Through small grants aimed explicitly at RPC partners and affiliates.
  • Encouraging mutual learning and research uptake. A learning platform will support grantees, RPC members and a wider stakeholder group (policy makers, implementers and advocates) to share and support one another in defining, conducting and applying this research. Dialogue will engage with research findings and encourage its use in policy and practice.

RinGs wants to ensure that new approaches get translated into action. We support embedded approaches; analysis that is relevant and owned by local actors. Intersectionality is central to our work. Gender intersects with other axes of inequality, such as age, ethnicity, class, poverty, geography, (dis)ability and sexuality. In addressing power relations and social exclusion we also call attention to ethics in health systems research, policy and practice. 

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Latest news and blogs

Pride March
Blog - 16 May 2016

Learning from struggles for social justice: launch of the Gender, Rights and Development (GRAND) network, 25th April, Edinburgh | by Rachel Tolhurst, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

In this blog post, Rachel Tolhurst discusses the launch of the GRAND Network and how intersectionality can be used in research.

Blog - 17 March 2016

Gender and eHealth in Kenya | by Doris Kirigia and Martin Njoroge, Kemri-Wellcome Trust, Kenya

The blog explores some of the key gender issues identified in a study on eHealth in Kenya.

Blog - 16 March 2016

Fatima’s story: reflections from a qualitative research dissemination on the drivers of child marriage in Gezira state, Sudan | by Rachel Tolhurst and Laura Dean

In this blog post, Rachel Tolhurst and Laura Dean reflect on the drivers of child marriage in Gezira state, Sudan, and how we can bring about change.

Eye test
Blog - 09 March 2016

Are the women of Indian Sundarbans living in dark? A gender analysis of eye heath care seeking among the elderly | by Debjani Barman, Institute of Health Management Research, Kolkata, India and Future Health Systems Research Consortium.

In this blog post Debjani Barman discusses how gender cross cuts with other social determinants to influence eye health care seeking in India.

Group work
Blog - 08 March 2016

Voting with your feet: Gender, power and positionality on international women’s day | by The RinGs' Team

In this blog post, we discuss different views on how gender dynamics play out in health systems.

RinGs is comprised of:

  • ReBuild Consortium
  • Future Health Systems